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Last Minute Tips for Wisconsin Voters

November 3, 2008

MADISON, WI – According to Nat Robinson, Administrator of the State’s Elections Division, Wisconsin voters who want to know what they can do to make voting go smoothly on Election Day should follow some simple steps to get ready and be prepared.

Check your registration. Voters are urged to make sure that they are registered at their current address. Wisconsin offers an online voter registration look-up designed to help voters check their registration status and polling place location and ballot information. Check out Voter Public Access (VPA) at If you haven’t registered to vote yet or you have a problem with your registration, contact your local municipal clerk’s office to check your options.

Find your polling place. If you’re a new voter, the Voter Public Access (VPA) website can help you identify your polling place location or your municipal clerk’s office can also help you find it. Many daily newspapers also print the location of polling places.

Know what ID to bring. If you are registering at the polling place, make sure you have proof of residence and your Wisconsin driver’s license number. If you do not have a Wisconsin driver’s license, you can you the number from your Wisconsin ID card, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Proof of residence can be proven showing a current lease, recent utility bill, current university ID or other official document with the voter’s current address on it.

Be prepared. Lengthy ballots filled with candidate races, referenda and bond questions can make polling place wait times longer if voters have not had a chance to review this information in advance. Closely review your ballot before Election Day by checking out a sample ballot, which often can be found in the daily newspaper or on the Voter Public Access site. A sample ballot will also be posted at the polling place. Also make sure you know how to use the voting equipment where you live. Reviewing your ballot and voting equipment instructions before you get to the polls will help keep the lines moving on Election Day. Please contact an election official if you have any questions.

Avoid the crowds. Polling places are busier in the early morning and late afternoon hours, as people head to and from work. Lunchtime is also a busier period of the day. To cut down on your waiting time at the polling place, consider voting during non-peak hours, such as the mid-morning or mid-afternoon periods. The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. across Wisconsin.

Avoid bringing undue attention or risk causing a disturbance.
Voters asked not to wear campaign paraphernalia such as campaign/candidate buttons, shirts, hats, etc. inside the poling place.

Exercise your right to vote.
Most importantly, go VOTE! All polling places will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Persons in line at 8:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote. Voters with questions or problems should talk to the chief election inspector who is in charge of their polling place.