'Do it soon:' Wisconsin voters urged to register before Oct. 14 deadline đź—ą

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Voters in Wisconsin have until Wednesday, Oct. 14 to register to vote online or by mail for the November presidential election. 

“Registering online or by mail is easy, but you need to do it soon,” said Meagan Wolfe, Wisconsin’s chief election official. “You can still register later in your clerk’s office or at the polls on Election Day.”

The Wisconsin Elections Commission is urging voters who have questions about voter registration to visit the myvote.wi.gov or call the Wisconsin Elections Commission toll-free voter hotline at 1-866-VOTE-WIS (868-3947).


According to a news release from the elections commission, Here are some key registration deadlines and facts to remember for the upcoming Presidential Election on November 3, 2020 – whether you’re voting by absentee ballot or in-person.

October 14, 2020: Your last chance to register by mail or online. Visit https://myvote.wi.gov to complete the registration process in minutes or find your municipal clerk’s mailing address. Voters must register by 11:59 p.m. and mailed applications must be postmarked by October 14.

To register online, you will need a Wisconsin driver license or state ID card and your address on file with the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles must be current.

Voters without one of those forms of ID can still start the registration process by filling out a form online. However, they will have to print out the form and mail it or take it to their municipal clerk’s office with a proof of residence document such a bank statement, utility bill(including a cell phone bill), tax bill or any other correspondence from a unit of government. A full list of acceptable proof-of-residence documents are available on the Elections Commission’s website here: https://elections.wi.gov/publications/voter-guides/proof-of-residence.

Voter registration forms are also available at the WEC’s website here: https://elections.wi.gov/forms/el-131-fillable

The form is also available in Spanish here: https://elections.wi.gov/forms/el-131-spanish

October 15-30, 2020: This is known as the “closed registration period.” During this time, you may register to vote in your municipal clerk’s office. Starting on October 20, you may also register at satellite in-person absentee voting locations if your municipal clerk offers them. You
may want to bring your pre-filled, printed form from the MyVote Wisconsin website along with you to save time. Visit https://myvote.wi.gov to find your local clerk’s contact information, hours of operation, and in-person absentee options.

November 3, 2020: Election Day. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters who are unregistered, or missed the Oct. 14 deadline to do so online or by mail, can still do so at the polls on Election Day. Remember to bring a proof of residence document if you are registering on Nov. 3. 

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