The Launch of Online Voter Registration in Wisconsin through


Timely Attention Required



Wisconsin County Clerks
Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
City of Milwaukee Election Commission
Milwaukee County Election Commission


Michael Haas, Staff Counsel
Meagan McCord Wolfe, Voter Services/MOVE Act Elections Specialist

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 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:   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:

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 or at (608) 261-2028 with any questions, concerns or comments about the OVR process.