Court-Ordered Photo ID Requirements for Election Day

Priority

High Priority

Date

To

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

From

Meagan Wolfe, Administrator

Overview

On September 28, 2020, the federal court issued a preliminary injunction in the One Wisconsin/Luft cases related to the ID Petition process and outreach related to that process.  The order directed the DMV and Commission to implement some changes prior to the November election.  Below are the two items that impact municipal clerks directly from the court order.  

ID Petition Process Palm Card Posting Requirement

All municipal clerks are required to post the ID Petition Process palm card at each polling place on election day.  This card can be found posted as an attachment here and can be printed for posting: https://bringit.wi.gov/free-id-and-identification-card-petition-process….  The IDPP palm card should be posted where you post the other required election day polling place notices.  This palm card provides voters with information on how they can apply for a Wisconsin state ID card from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) even if they do not have supporting documentation such as a birth certificate.  It also provides voters with a phone number for the DMV that they can use if they have questions about the petition process.

ID Petition Process Palm Card for Provisional Voters

Any voter who is issued a provisional ballot on election should also be provided with a copy of the ID Petition Process palm card.  All provisional voters are required to be issued the Provisional Voting Information Sheet but they also must be issued the IDPP palm card as well.  This card can be found posted as an attachment here and can be printed for use with provisional voters on election day: https://bringit.wi.gov/free-id-and-identification-card-petition-process….  

As a reminder, the procedures for issuing provisional ballots can be found in the Election Day Manual: https://elections.wi.gov/clerks/education-training/election-day-manual.  Provisional voting is not common in Wisconsin so it is essential that poll workers, especially Chief Election Inspectors, review these procedures prior to election day and are aware of the steps to follow in the Election Day Manual.