How to Vote
To vote in Wisconsin, you need to do two things: register to vote, and cast your ballot on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 4). This website will answer some common questions about how to vote in Whitewater, but for more detailed information you can always visit the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board website.
Am I eligible to vote?
You need to be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and you cannot have lost your right to vote for some reason (like currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction).
Can I vote in Whitewater? I just moved here...
In Wisconsin, you need to live in a place for 28 days to be considered a resident. This means that if you moved into the residence halls on August 31, 2014, you are eligible to vote in Whitewater starting September 28, 2014.
In some cases, your primary residence might not be in Whitewater (for example, if you commute to school from another community). In this case, you need to register and cast your ballot in your home district. If you are confused about how to vote in your home district, an ambassador from Warhawks Votes will be happy to walk you through the process.
So, how do I register?
The easiest way is to register during the early registration period, by October 14, 2014. Just look for a representative from Whitewater Student Government or the League of Women Voters, who will be registering students to vote from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. every Monday-Thursday in the James R. Connor University Center. You'll need to either (a) know the last four digits of your social security number, or (b) bring a valid Wisconsin Driver License or Wisconsin ID Card.
If you register after October 14, including on Election Day, you will need to bring two things with you:
- A Wisconsin Driver License or Wisconsin ID Card. (If you do not have this, you can still register on Election Day -- you just need to know the last four digits of your Social Security number).
- Proof of residence. The easiest way to do this is by logging in to WINS and printing your Voter ID Enrollment Verification form (instructions below). Print this and bring it with you when you register. Other options for showing proof of residence are listed below.
Where do I go to vote?
The answer to this question depends on where you live, but for most students (including anyone who lives in the Residence Halls) the polling location is the University Center Hamilton Room. If you live off campus, you can easily check your polling location at the Government Accountability Board website.
What do I need to bring with me to vote? Do I need a photo ID?
Wisconsin law (enacted in 2011 and upheld by federal courts in 2014) requires voters to show photo identification at the polls. Acceptable forms of voter ID are listed below.