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Spring Primary Reminders

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Information Only
Date: 
January 30, 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
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As the February 21, 2017 Spring Primary quickly approaches, the Wisconsin Elections Commission provides the following reminders to local election officials:

In-Person Absentee Voting

  • The ruling in the One Wisconsin Institute case removed the limitations on the number of locations that can be utilized within a municipality and the number of days and the hours that in-person absentee voting can occur – except the Monday before the election.  
  • Municipalities may begin conducting in-person absentee voting as soon as ballots are available.  Proper notice of absentee locations, dates and times should be provided to inform voters of in-person absentee voting options.  Clerks may still issue an absentee ballot outside of their posted hours.
  • The cutoff date for in-person voter registration has not changed, and is still 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election; therefore if in-person absentee voting occurs on the weekend before the election, only voters who are previously registered may cast a ballot on those days.      

Photo ID Petition Process (IDPP)

  • Leading up to the Spring Primary and Spring Election, local election officials should encourage individuals that lack a qualifying photo ID for voting purposes to visit a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) location as soon as possible to obtain the necessary photo ID.
  • Individuals without documentation to obtain a regular Wisconsin ID can still get a qualifying ID document to use for voting from the DMV.  
  • For more information about the IDPP, visit the DMV website here:  http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/license-drvs/how-to-apply/petition-process.aspx 

Provisional Ballots and IDPP Palm Card

  • Individuals who are unable to produce an acceptable form of photo ID must be offered the opportunity to vote a provisional ballot.  Individuals voting a provisional ballot should be provided a copy of the IDPP palm card which provides information on how to obtain a qualifying ID document from the DMV.  English and Spanish language versions of the IDPP palm card can be found here:  http://elections.wi.gov/publications/brochures/idpp-palmcard-brochure
  • Local election officials should ensure that a reasonable supply of IDPP palm cards is available at polling locations to provide to individuals who cast a provisional ballot, or have questions about obtaining a qualifying ID from the DMV.    
  • Individuals who vote a provisional ballot should visit a DMV as soon as possible after they cast their ballot to ensure they receive a qualifying ID document by the Friday after the election.  
  • For additional information regarding the IDPP, please visit the WEC’s Bring It to the Ballot website:  http://www.bringitwisconsin.com/how-do-i-get-free-state-id-card

If you have questions regarding these reminders, please contact the Elections Commission HelpDesk at elections@wi.gov or at (608) 261-2028.