Wisconsin’s midterm elections are just around the corner, with a litany of important races this year deciding everything from the governor’s office to state legislative seats. Here’s what you need to know come November 8:
Voters will need to be registered and prepared with a photo ID, such as a passport or driver’s license, or alternative means of identification as listed on the state government website.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., but voting will still be allowed after 8 provided that you entered the line before then.
In order to vote in the midterms, residents will have to make sure to register by October 19. They can do so online through the state’s registration portal, or by mail after filling out a form from the municipal clerk’s office requiring proof of identification and residency. In-person forms must be dropped off by November 4 at the municipal clerk’s office, though it’ll remain possible to register to vote on Election Day.
While there isn’t an early voting option available on Election Day, those who want to vote early can cast an absentee ballot before the official day. Residents will have to request an absentee ballot by November 3 either online, mail, or by person.
Voting can begin as early as October 25 for some areas in the state but residents should check with their municipal clerk’s office to verify.
For voters who plan to cast their absentee ballot from home, it’s important to note that a witness signature is required, alongside additional information. The City of Madison has put together a one-minute video to help guide those that may still have questions.