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Frequently Asked Questions - Voter Photo ID Law

FAQs about Voter Photo ID, 2011 AB 7.

No.  A voter who casts a ballot pursuant to § 6.82 (1) Wis Stats. is not required to sign the poll list under § 6.79 (1m) Wis. Stats.  Election inspectors shall mark the poll list “Ballot received at poll entrance-exempt.”
 

Municipal clerks deliver all ballots, statements, tally sheets, lists and envelopes, excluding any absentee ballots received after closing hour on election night and any provisional ballots, related to any county, school district or special purpose district election to the appropriate clerks by 4:00 p.m. on the day following each such election. The municipal clerk shall deliver to the county clerk any additional provisional and absentee ballots canvassed late together with amended statements, tally sheets, lists, and envelopes no later than 4 p.m. on the Monday following the election.  Wis. Stat. § 7.51(5)(b).

Election inspectors are not required under 2011 Wisconsin Act 23 to compare the signature to any other record.  Voters should be directed to sign using their normal signature as they would sign any other official document and election inspectors should indicate the line number on which the voter is to sign.  The law does not require voter signatures to be legible. 

No.  Absentee Voters only need to sign the Absentee Certificate Envelope (GAB-122).

If the missing information was proof of residence, the voter must appear in person.  If the missing information is the driver license number, they may mail, fax, email or telephone the information to the municipal clerk.

Yes.  Municipal clerks must be available at least until 5 p.m. on these deadlines.  If municipal clerks do not have set office hours, voters must be provided information where they may readily contact the municipal clerk.  If the municipal clerk will not be available, a deputy clerk must be appointed to provide coverage.

If the voter refuses to sign the poll list, a ballot shall not be issued. 

However, electors who have a disability that prevents them from physically being able to sign the poll list are exempt from this provision.  If another person signed the voter’s registration form because the voter was unable to sign due to disability, the election inspector writes the word “exempt” on the signature line.  If the voter is already registered but the voter claims to be unable to sign due to physical disability, and both inspectors concur, the inspectors shall enter the words “exempt by order of inspectors” on the signature line.  If both inspectors do not waive the signature requirement, the voter shall be allowed to cast a ballot and the inspector or inspectors who did not waive the requirement shall challenge the ballot.

University and college students may use their student photo ID in conjunction with a fee payment receipt that contains the student’s residential address dated no earlier than nine months before the election.  University and college students may also use their student photo ID if the university or college has provided a certified list to the municipal clerk of students, containing the students’ residential addresses and indicating which students are U.S. citizens.

The progression is as follows:

Voter who possesses a WI driver license:

•    If it is current and valid (not revoked, suspended or expired)

o        Voter must provide the license number
o        If they cannot or won’t provide the number, they can register and vote provisionally

•    If driver license is revoked, suspended or expired OR if voter can provide the number but is uncertain if license is revoked, suspended or expired

o        Voter is asked to provide DL# and last 4 digits of SS#
o        If they provide just the SS#--they register and vote normally
o        If they provide just the DL#--they may not register and they may not vote

Voter who does not possess a WI driver license

•    Must provide either state-issued ID number or the last 4 digits of their SS# (emphasis on the former, rather than the latter).

o        If neither number is provided, they may not register and they may not vote.

Voter who possesses neither a WI driver license nor a state ID nor an SS#

•    Fills in the circle indicating they have none

Voter Photo ID provisions of 2011 Wisconsin Act 23 are currently enjoined orders of by two Wisconsin circuit courts. Those decisions have been appealed by the Attorney General, but until they are resolved, no photo ID is required to receive a ballot in Wisconsin.

However, Wisconsin law still requires the Department of Transportation to provide free ID cards to any individual who will be at least 18 years of age on the date of the next election and who requests a free ID for the purpose of voting. The regular fee is $28.

For information about getting a state identification card, please visit the DOT's website:

http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/drivers/apply/idcard.htm

Due to the need to provide a birth certificate and/or other documents to receive a DOT-issued ID, individuals should start the process of obtaining a statutory identification well in advance of an election at which they wish to vote.  You may also consult our pamphlet on how to get a free state ID card.

Voter Photo ID provisions of 2011 Wisconsin Act 23 are currently enjoined orders of by two Wisconsin circuit courts. Those decisions have been appealed by the Attorney General, but until they are resolved, no photo ID is required to receive a ballot in Wisconsin.

If you are registering to vote AND you have a Wisconsin driver license or state ID, you are required to provide the license or ID number on the application form. If the driver license or state ID card has your current address, you may use it to provide proof of residence.