Before heading to the polls, consider some helpful information from Wisconsin election officials:
When can I vote? Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Those who have already requested absentee ballots must have it postmarked by Tuesday. Ballots must also be received by the municipal clerk by 4 p.m. Friday to be counted.
What if I have to work? Under state law, a voter can request up to three hours of unpaid time off to vote on Election Day. Just remember to give your employer time to adjust work schedules.
Where do I vote? If you haven’t voted since the last presidential election, there’s a good chance your polling place has changed. You can find yours at http://myvote.wi.gov, or check with your municipal clerk.
What if I’m not registered? You can register at the polling place on Tuesday. To find out if you’re registered and where, you can check your status at myvote.wi.gov.
What do I need to register? A proof of residence document, such as a driver’s license or state ID card with your current address, or a utility bill, lease, university ID or other official document showing your name and current address. For a list of acceptable documents, go to www.gab.wi.gov.
Can my neighbor vouch for me? No. Corroboration by a registered voter is no longer allowed.
Do I need a photo ID? No. A judge’s injunction against the state’s new voter ID law prohibits clerks and election inspectors from asking for an ID. However, the law requires voters to have lived in their district for 28 days and to provide official proof of residence if not registered.
What if I already voted absentee? You’re done. Voters who already cast absentee ballots (in person or by mail) can no longer override those ballots.
Are there other rules? Yes. Voters should not wear political clothing, buttons or other material to the polling place on election day. If you do, you could be asked to remove or cover up political items, or to leave the polling place.
What if I witness voter fraud? Suspected fraud, voter intimidation, electioneering or official misconduct should be reported to the chief inspector at your polling place. If that official can’t resolve the problem, talk to your municipal clerk or local law enforcement. Unresolved complaints should be reported to the Government Accountability Board. Voters can report problems at http://gab.wi.gov/complaints, or by calling 1-866-VOTE-WIS. Phones will be answered from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday.
What are the rules for election observers? Election observers are welcome at every polling place, but they must obey the instructions of the chief election inspector and may not interact with voters. Only Wisconsin electors may challenge another voter’s eligibility, and there are specific criteria and limitations on challenges. Observers who disobey will be asked to leave. For a complete list of rules go to http://gab.wi.gov/clerks/education-training/election-observers.