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Photo ID for Voting…It’s The Law

posted Jan 28, 2016, 12:51 PM by Kim Cobb   [ updated Jan 28, 2016, 1:09 PM ]
Wisconsin law now states that you need to provide acceptable photo identification card (ID) when voting.  Acceptable ID include:
  • Wisconsin Driver License or receipt
  • Wisconsin State ID card or receipt         
  • U.S. Passport
  • WI College Student ID & proof of enrollment          
  • Tribal ID
  • Military ID
Important things to know:
  • There is no such thing as a "Wisconsin Voter ID Card."  The new Voter Photo ID Law uses existing photo IDs for people to prove their identity before voting.
  • The address on your ID doesn’t have to be current. The name on your ID doesn’t need to be an exact match for your name in the poll book.
  • There are certain requirements. Your ID should look like you even if you’ve colored your hair, shaved your beard or lost some weight, as long as your photo ID reasonably resembles you.
If you do not have one of the above, you can get a free Wisconsin ID card for voting from the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)by filling out application MV3004 and bringing proof of name and date of birth, proof of Wisconsin residency and social security number.  Find your local DMV here, and see www.wisconsindot.gov for more details.  You can also contact the ADRC at 1-888-538-3031 for help or to find out about options for transportation to the your local DMV.  

More detailed information on Photo ID can be found at www.bringit.wi.gov. The dates for the 2016 elections are:
  • February 16 - Spring Primary
  • April 5 - Spring Election – Presidential Preference
  • August 9 - Partisan Primary
  • November 8 - General / Presidential Election