Election Day: What you need to know 🗳️
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — If you’re planning to head to the polls on Election Day, there are several things you need to know.
Polls open at 7 a.m. In Wisconsin, you can register to vote on Election Day as long as you bring the correct documents. To register, you need to provide a proof of residence document. That can include a Wisconsin driver's license, utility bill or lease.
If you are already registered to vote, you need to bring a photo ID to the polls on Election Day.
All poll workers will be wearing masks and other measures will be in place like social distancing due to the pandemic.
Voters are not allowed to wear any clothing or other gear promoting candidates.
“Leave that stuff at home or in your car when you go to the polling place, there’s no electioneering which means anything that’s intending to influence voting within 100 feet of the entrance of the polling place,” Wisconsin Elections Commission Public Information Officer Reid Magney said.
Polls close at 8 p.m., but if a voter is in line before 8 p.m., they will be allowed to vote.
Magney explained election results will take longer than normal.
“Because of all the absentee ballots, it is going to take longer to count all the ballots in some places around the state,” he said. “So please have some patience. I know you’re used to getting results, turning on your 10 p.m. news and getting a pretty good idea of where things stand, that’s not going to happen this year. It doesn’t mean there is anything wrong or there’s a problem, it means that the clerks and poll workers in your area are doing their jobs, making sure that every legitimate ballot vote is counted accurately.”
If you need to return an absentee ballot, make sure you are dropping it off at the correct location. In Milwaukee, you cannot drop off absentee ballots at polling places.