FAQs about Voter Photo ID, 2011 AB 7.

Are voters who request to vote at the entrance of the polling place (curbside voters) required to sign the poll list?

No.  A voter who casts a ballot pursuant to § 6.82 (1) Wis Stats. is not required to sign the poll list under § 6.79 (1m) Wis. Stats.  Election inspectors shall mark the poll list “Ballot received at poll entrance-exempt.”

Can municipal clerks retain the provisional ballots past the 4 p.m. Wednesday deadline?

Municipal clerks deliver all ballots, statements, tally sheets, lists and envelopes, excluding any absentee ballots received after closing hour on election night and any provisional ballots, related to any county, school district or special purpose district election to the appropriate clerks by 4:00 p.m. on the day following each such election. The municipal clerk shall deliver to the county clerk any additional provisional and absentee ballots canvassed late together with amended statements, tally sheets, lists, and envelopes no later than 4 p.m. on the Monday following the election.  Wis. Stat. § 7.51(5)(b).

Are election inspectors required to scrutinize voter signatures?

Election inspectors are not required under 2011 Wisconsin Act 23 to compare the signature to any other record.  Voters should be directed to sign using their normal signature as they would sign any other official document and election inspectors should indicate the line number on which the voter is to sign.  The law does not require voter signatures to be legible. 

Does a voter have to appear in person to provide the missing information that required them to voter provisionally?

If the missing information was proof of identification, the voter must appear in person.  If the missing information is the driver license or DOT issued ID number, they may mail, fax, email or telephone the information to the municipal clerk.

Are municipal clerks required to be available on registration, absentee, and provisional deadlines?

Yes.  Municipal clerks must be available at least until 5 p.m. on these deadlines.  If municipal clerks do not have set office hours, voters must be provided information where they may readily contact the municipal clerk.  If the municipal clerk will not be available, a deputy clerk must be appointed to provide coverage.

What happens if a voter refuses to the sign the poll list?

If the voter refuses to sign the poll list, a ballot shall not be issued. 

However, electors who have a disability that prevents them from physically being able to sign the poll list are exempt from this provision.  If another person signed the voter’s registration form because the voter was unable to sign due to disability, the election inspector writes the word “exempt” on the signature line.  If the voter is already registered but the voter claims to be unable to sign due to physical disability, and both inspectors concur, the inspectors shall enter the words “exempt by order of inspectors” on the signature line.  If both inspectors do not waive the signature requirement, the voter shall be allowed to cast a ballot and the inspector or inspectors who did not waive the requirement shall challenge the ballot.

Can university or college student ID’s be used as proof of residence?

University and college students may use their student photo ID in conjunction with a fee payment receipt that contains the student’s residential address dated no earlier than nine months before the election.  University and college students may also use their student photo ID if the university or college has provided a certified list to the municipal clerk of students, containing the students’ residential addresses and indicating which students are U.S. citizens.

In section seven on the Voter Registration Application (EL-131), what identifying number must a voter provide?

The progression is as follows:

Voter who possesses a WI driver license or WI DOT issued ID:

•    If it is current and valid (not revoked, suspended or expired)

o        Voter must provide the license number
o        If they cannot or won’t provide the number, they can register and vote provisionally

•    If driver license is revoked, suspended or expired 

o        Voter must provide the last 4 digits of their Social Security number (SS#)
o        They may also provide the number on their license or ID (optional)

Voter who does not possess a WI driver license

•    Voter must provide the last 4 digits of their SS#

o        If the voter cannot provide the last 4 digits of their SS#, they may not register or vote

Voter who possesses neither a WI driver license nor a state ID nor an SS#

•    Checks in the box indicating they have no WI driver license/state ID nor SS#