Top Ten Things Wisconsin Poll Workers Should Know for Election Day


Timely Attention Required



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


Richard Rydecki, Assistant Administrator

Please consider printing and distributing the attached one-page handout to your election inspectors when you send election materials to polling places.


1.    Any WI DOT-issued ID or Driver License is acceptable as proof of identification. As long as the ID or DL is unexpired or expired after 11/6/2018, it is an acceptable form of proof of identification.

2.    The ID does not need to be the new “Real ID” with the star in the upper-right hand corner. 

3.    The address on the proof of identification does not need to match the voter’s address in the poll book. The address on the ID should not be looked at to confirm the voter’s identity.

4.    Voters can show the proof of residence electronically. Voters can provide copies of their proof of residence on their phones, tablets, or other devices. The voter may be asked to scroll or zoom in on the document, so poll workers are able view account numbers and the voter’s address.

5.    Voters with a “Have you moved?” watermark next to their name in the poll book should be asked if they still live at that address. 

a.    If a voter says they still live at the address in the poll book, check them in as normal and have them sign the poll list.

b.    If voters say they moved, you will need to make sure they are at the right polling place and re-register to vote. There is a script and commonly asked questions available on the WEC website.

6.    Voters can receive an accommodation for stating their name and address if they are unable. If a voter is unable to state their name and address, they may have an assistant state it for them. The assistant can be anyone, including poll workers, except their employer or union representative. Additionally, voters can be exempt from signing the poll book if they are unable. Please consult the Election Day Manual for more details.

7.    Accessible voting equipment must be set-up and turned on. Any voter can use the accessible voting equipment, regardless of ability and any voter may use the equipment without proving a disability.  Many disabilities are invisible and poll workers should not investigate a voter’s disability. 

8.    Poll workers should monitor the tamper evident seals on the voting equipment throughout Election Day. It is required that the seals are checked and documented at the open and close of polls, but it is a best practice to check the tamper-evident seal multiple times throughout the day.

9.    Documentation is essential. Poll workers and chief inspectors should be sure to document anything of note in the Inspector’s Statement. 

10.    Voters must have a proof of residence document while registering to vote. A voter cannot register without a proof of residence document and should not be offered a provisional ballot in this circumstance. The Election Day Manual reviews provisional voting in more detail.