Skip to main content

The Launch of Online Voter Registration in Wisconsin through MyVote.wi.gov

Posted in
Priority: 
Timely Attention Required
Date: 
January 9, 2017
To: 
Wisconsin County Clerks
To: 
Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
To: 
City of Milwaukee Election Commission
To: 
Milwaukee County Election Commission
From: 
Michael Haas, Interim Administrator
From: 
Meagan McCord Wolfe, Voter Services/MOVE Act Elections Specialist
AttachmentSize
OVR Launch Clerk Communication 1-9-17.pdf67.15 KB

The Wisconsin Elections Commission is excited to announce that the State’s Online Voter Registration system (OVR) was launched for public use today, January 9, 2017.  The transition to OVR will streamline voter registration and create efficiencies for both clerks and voters.

OVR Resources for Clerks

To help clerks and voters familiarize themselves with the new OVR process available through the MyVote.wi.gov website, the WEC has posted OVR training materials and resources.  For more information on OVR, please review the following:

Elimination of the Role of Special Registration Deputies (SRD)

With the launch of the OVR system on January 9, 2017, the role of SRD is eliminated.  Beginning on January 9, 2017 former SRD’s may no longer sign voter registration applications verifying proof of residence.  More information is available in the clerk communication posted on December 30, 2016: http://elections.wi.gov/node/4837.   Some responsibilities formerly assigned to SRDs, like registering voters in special care facilities and at the polls on Election Day, are now assigned to Election Registration Officials (ERO) who are appointed by municipal clerks.  More information on the role of ERO is available here: http://elections.wi.gov/node/4876.

Summary of OVR

WEC thanks all municipal clerks for their attention and patience as the new OVR system is implemented.  As with any new technical application, there will be opportunities to improve the process.  WEC looks forward to hearing feedback from both clerks and voters.  Please contact WEC at elections@wi.gov or at (608) 261-2028 with any questions, concerns or comments about the OVR process.