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How to Vote


You can register in multiple different ways. In most states, including Wisconsin and Illinois, you can register to vote online if you have a valid driver’s license for the state you are registering in. You can register to vote online in Wisconsin, or in Illinois. If your state does not offer online voter registration or you do not hold a valid driver’s license in the state you are registering in, you can fill out a paper registration form online, print it out, and mail it to your Municipal Clerk’s Office. You can use this form anywhere in the United States, including Wisconsin and Illinois. In addition, you may also bring it in to your municipal clerk’s office, or bring it with you on election day, depending on if the state you are voting in allows same-day registration.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, a polling place on campus will no longer be available for the April 7th election, but anyone who was planning on voting in the Hamilton Room can still vote at the Armory. We are hoping we will have an on campus polling location for the November General Election. If you live off campus or you are registered to vote elsewhere, you can find your polling place online . If you are registered to vote outside of Wisconsin, use the polling place locator to find every state’s polling place.