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Student Residency for Voting in Wisconsin

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Timely Attention Required
August 6, 2012
Wisconsin County Clerks
Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
City of Milwaukee Election Commission
Milwaukee County Election Commission
Nathaniel E. Robinson, Elections Division Administrator
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The subject of student residency for voting has become an important topic in 2012 with two elections occurring during the summer months.  Many students and election officials are unclear about where students are eligible to vote during the summer or the school year.  Students and other transient individuals have unique circumstances that make establishing a residency for 28 days challenging.  The Wisconsin Statutes recognize and address these challenges.

The attached guidance clarifies residency issues for students.  The G.A.B. has developed the document, “Voting Residence of University and College Students” as a comprehensive memo which details the laws and procedures that should be followed in these circumstances.  This memo is a revision of the memo that the G.A.B. released in May, 2012.  This new version contains new and up-to-date information.  The G.A.B. has also developed a condensed version of this memo in the form of a two page “Student Residency Guide for Voting in Wisconsin.”  We encourage you to print this guide and share it with anyone who may find it helpful, including voters, poll workers, and observers.  This document could also be helpful during voter registration at the polling place.

We also encourage anyone with questions on student residency to visit the Government Accountability Board’s website at for more information.  In addition, follow the G.A.B. on Facebook and Twitter at and  where you can find posts on these topics and more. 

Individuals with questions regarding the information contained in this document may contact Michael Haas at (608) 266-0136 or or Meagan Wolfe at (608) 266-8175 or  Media inquiries should be directed to Reid Magney at 608-267-7887 or


Kevin J. Kennedy
Director and General Counsel
Government Accountability Board

Ross D. Hein
Elections Supervisor
Government Accountability Board