Why Bother Wisconsin?

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Student Resources

Voting in Wisconsin is only getting more difficult.

For example, the state Supreme Court court has decided that ballot drop-in boxes are no longer allowed, making it harder for people with disabilities to deliver their ballots.

Voting should be accessible. It should be easy. We’re calling on all college students to vote, and calling on colleges and universities in Wisconsin to cancel classes on Election Day.

Registering to Vote

To be able to register online to vote in the state of Wisconsin, the address on your driver’s license must match the address of the residence where you’re planning to vote. If they do not match, and you would like to vote in Wisconsin, you must register by mail or in-person.

Proof of Residency

When you register, you must also include proof of residency with your registration form. That could be a utility bill, paycheck, credit card or bank statement with your name and voting address on it.

If you live on a college campus, you may need to obtain a “voter enrollment letter” or “tuition letter” from your college or university and present this letter along with a student ID card when you register. Many colleges and universities have these letters available to print from a student portal. Other colleges and universities work with the local elections clerk to provide this information so that students do not need to.

Voter ID

When you are ready to vote, if you do not have a Wisconsin driver’s license, state ID card or a US passport or military ID, you will need to make sure your student ID card is voter-compliant. This means that it has your photo, the date the card was issued, an expiration date no longer than two years later and your signature. Most colleges and universities provide students with Voter ID cards for free at the student ID office.

Preparing for the next election

Wisconsin 2024 spring elections

  • Spring Primary (if necessary): Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024 
  • Spring Election: Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Wisconsin 2024 general elections

  • Partisan Primary: Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2024
  • General Election: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2024

Make your voting plan

Behavioral studies show that creating a plan increases the likelihood that you will vote. Type your address here and find your ballot:

Help other people vote, too

Work the polls on Election Day, help coordinate rides, or act as an Election Protection volunteer.