Help shape your future by voting! Warhawks Vote, a non-partisan election initiative for UW-Whitewater, helps provide students with the information on how to vote, how to register as a voter and where to vote. Your voice matters and we’d like to help you amplify it by providing the knowledge and resources to do so.
Find answers to common questions about voting and registration below.
If you are a registered voter of Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, or Minnesota, you are automatically eligible for an absentee ballot. To see if you qualify for an absentee ballot from a state other than Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, or Minnesota that list can be found here.
To request an absentee ballot in Wisconsin, follow the directions to complete an absentee ballot request.
To request an absentee ballot from Illinois, follow the directions to complete an absentee ballot request.
To request an absentee ballot from Iowa, follow the directions to complete an absentee ballot request.
To request an absentee ballot from Minnesota, follow the directions to complete an absentee ballot request.
To request an absentee ballot from another state, find your state, and follow the directions to request an absentee ballot if you are eligible.
Visit myvote.wi.gov to check your registration status. The deadline to register online or make changes to your address at this website is October 19th. After that, there are a few options. You may print off the form from myvote.wi.gov and bring it to Whitewater City Hall, visit City Hall without a form, or register in person on election day, November 8th. Voter registration on campus will take place in UC 275, The Old Main Ballroom. Registration and voting will also take place at the downtown armory at 146 W North St.
It depends on the state you are voting in. In Wisconsin, if you are planning to register to vote online or by completing a form and mailing it in, the deadline is 20 days before the election. However, if you miss that deadline or prefer to register to vote in person, you can do so at your Municipal Clerk’s Office until the Friday before the election. In addition, you may also choose the register in person at the polls on the day of the election in Wisconsin. All deadlines for registering to vote can be found here.
You can be registered to vote in Whitewater, using your Whitewater address, or in your hometown, using your home address. You may only be registered to vote in one place. Please be aware that if you are registered in your hometown, that you may need to either early vote or request an absentee ballot.
You will need to bring ONE of the following items when registering to vote in WI: Wisconsin driver’s license or ID card, a residential lease, Utility Bill from the past 90 days, Voter ID Compliant HawkCard, Photo ID issued by an employer
Your completed absentee ballot must either be delivered to your clerk no later than Election Day or postmarked no later than Election Day and received by your clerk no later than 4 p.m. on the Friday after the election.
You need to have lived at your address for 10 days.
In Wisconsin, assuming you are already registered to vote, you will need two things: a photo ID and a proof of residence.
For other states, information can be found here about what you need to bring to vote in other states.
An acceptable form of photo ID in Wisconsin includes, but is not limited to:
- A Wisconsin drivers’ license
- A Wisconsin ID issued from the Department of Transportation
- A Military ID card
- A United States Passport
- A Voter ID compliant HawkCard that can be obtained for free through the HawkCard office
- A Tribal ID
For more options, find the full list of acceptable Photo IDs.
You can obtain a free voter ID from the DMV, more information is located here. UW-Whitewater students may also obtain a free voter ID compliant HawkCard from the HawkCard office located in the UC, during business hours. The HawkCard office will be open until 8PM on election day.
An acceptable proof of residence includes, but is not limited to:
- A valid Wisconsin driver’s license with the address that the voter is registered to vote at
- An official Wisconsin ID with the address that the voter is registered to vote at
- A property tax bill
- A bank statement
- A utility bill
- A paycheck of paystub
If you are registered to vote on campus, your HawkCard will also work as a proof of residence to the Whitewater Municipal Clerk’s Office in the April 2020 election because University Housing is providing a list of all students living in the residence halls. While this will ideally continue happening in the future, it cannot be guaranteed, so make sure to check back for confirmation as we get closer to the November 2020 election.
A more exhaustive list can be found here.
Students who live on campus and wish to vote in person will vote in The Old Main Ballroom in the University Center (UC 275). Other Students that are registered in Wisconsin may find their polling place here. Out of State Students who wish to vote in person in their home state may find their polling place here.