VIEWPOINT: Online voter registration available
The next Wisconsin election is the 2018 partisan primary on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Will you be ready and able to vote? Some preparation now could save you time and trouble at the polls and will help ensure that your vote counts.
You might have already received a postcard from the Wisconsin Elections Commission about voter registration. They are sending postcards to 384,000 Wisconsinites who appear to be eligible to vote but are not registered.
Please go to the website MyVote.WI.gov to check that you are registered and ready to vote. Unregistered voters with a Wisconsin driver’s license or state ID card can choose to register online if their correct name and address are on file with the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You will be directed to the correct page to update your address if needed. If your name has changed, you will need to notify both Social Security and the DMV before you can change your voter registration name. The deadline for registering online is July 25. If you do not have a driver’s license or state ID, you can complete a registration form online, print it, sign it, and send it to your municipal clerk, along with suitable proof of residence (such as a copy of a tax bill, utility bill, or bank statement). The deadline for registering by mail is July 25. You can register in person with your clerk until August 10.
You can always register at your polling place on Election Day, if you bring your photo ID and proof of residence.
MyVote.WI.gov provides other important information such as your polling place, what’s on your ballot, and your municipal clerk’s name and contact info. You can also use this website to update your name and address if necessary, or request an absentee ballot.
Save yourself problems at the polls by visiting MyVote.WI.gov now. If you run into an issue, you can always contact your municipal clerk for help. If you don’t have internet access, you can call this toll-free number: 866-VOTE-WIS (866-868-3947). Finally, the League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is also ready to help; you can send an email to [email protected]
League of Women Voters – Northwoods
Dorothy Skye, president