Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC)
WI Agency & Voter Information
It is critical that people experiencing homeless and housing instability are registered to vote! The WEC has provided a variety of resources to educate voters about elections in Wisconsin. Below you will find an index of resources including information on the photo ID requirements and how voters can get an ID for voting even if they do not have documents like a birth certificate or social security care. This program is administered by the WI Department of Transportation and is referred to as the ID Petition Process (IDPP).
The entire voter outreach toolkit can be found at https://elections.wi.gov/clerks/voter-outreach. WEC staff have recorded a webinar to describe the materials in more depth and offer tips on implementing the various resources in your community. This webinar can be found at https://elections.wi.gov/index.php/node/7086.
WEC voter outreach resources include:
Photo ID Resources
The WEC has created various outreach materials discussing Wisconsin’s photo ID law. Both quick information guides and more individual ID-specific guides are available to use around your community. The WEC has also created and updated the easily distributed palm card, which describes the photo ID law and how voters can get a free ID for voting purposes. The in-depth guides and palm card, including the IDPP palm card, are linked on the outreach page. Additional photo ID information can be found at https://elections.wi.gov/elections-voting/photo-id and https://bringit.wi.gov/multimedia.
Absentee Voting and Election Security
The WEC has six short animated videos available at https://elections.wi.gov/node/7104, and can be downloaded from the WEC’s Vimeo page at https://vimeo.com/showcase/7545193. These engaging videos are useful tools for voter outreach events and for use on your websites and social media. The videos are around 2 minutes each and cover the following topics:
- What is Absentee Voting?
- How Can I Get an Absentee Ballot?
- How to Fill Out an Absentee Ballot?
- How Exactly Do I Turn in My Completed Absentee Ballot?
- How are Absentee Ballots Counted in Wisconsin?
- How Can We Be Sure Wisconsin’s Election Results Are Accurate?
Fact sheets discussing how to request and return an absentee ballot by mail and how Wisconsin delivers accurate election results. The one-page fact sheets are meant to help quickly promote election information and can be printed and distributed around your community or posted on websites or social media. The fact sheets can be found at https://elections.wi.gov/node/7100.
To help promote absentee voting, election security information, and the MyVote Wisconsin website, website banners have been created by the WEC. The images can be switched out periodically to show new messages and link to different WEC webpages that discuss election security and November preparations in more depth. The banners can be found at https://elections.wi.gov/node/
To help promote information about Wisconsin’s various election laws and processes, the WEC has created various outreach pages and information to help voters prepare for the upcoming election. This section of the website has guides discussing the photo ID law, voter registration information, detailed information about special types of voters, and more. These additional resources can be found at https://elections.wi.gov/node/7093.
We hope that you will use these tools to educate voters about photo ID and other voting requirements. It is also our hope that you will share these materials with community organizations and groups that work with voters in your community.
If you have any questions about the voter outreach materials, please contact the Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 1-866-VOTE-WIS.
Check Your Registration Status at http://myvote.wi.gov
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 3, 2020.
Voter Registration Deadlines:
- October 14 – To register to vote online (by 11:59 p.m.) or by-mail (postmarked).
- October 30 at 5 p.m. – To register to vote at your clerk’s office or other designated location.
- You can register at your polling place on Election Day (November 3, 2020).
Absentee By-Mail Deadlines:
- October 29 at 5 p.m. – To request an absentee ballot by-mail for regular and overseas voters.
- October 30 at 5 p.m. – To request an absentee ballot by-mail for indefinitely confined voters and military voters (not on active duty).
In-Person Absentee Dates:
- October 20 – First day to vote absentee in your municipal clerk’s office or other designated location.
- November 1 – Last possible day. (Please check with your municipal clerk’s office, as dates and times within this window will vary.)
Please request your absentee ballot as soon as possible by visiting myvote.wi.gov.