National Voter Registration Day: What you need to know in Wisconsin

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – A push to help get people registered ahead of the November 3rd election is underway across the nation.

Tuesday, September 22 is being marked as National Voter Registration Day.

In Milwaukee a voter registration drive-thru event was held at Miller Park from 2-7 p.m.

"I felt like it was important because as society today, we don’t really pay attention to our future as young adults," said 18-year-old Arewaoluwa Adesui, who was registering to vote for the first time at the event. 

At a press conference at the event, Mayor Barrett said over 75 percent of eligible voters in Milwaukee are now registered to vote. He said it was important to recognize the 25 percent who are not. 

"We must remain diligent in our efforts to help these people overcome some very real barriers," Barrett said. 

Anyone who was unable to attend is encouraged to register and figure out their voting plan on the MyVote Wisconsin website.

People can also register at any Milwaukee Public Library or at the Milwaukee Election Commission at City Hall.

On the MyVote Wisconsin website people can find the early voting schedule, request an absentee ballot or figure out their polling place on Election Day.

"It’s always important to know before you go to the polls," Milwaukee County Director of Elections Julietta Henry said. "What’s on your ballot, but most importantly, for those that are registering to vote, making sure you have the proper identification, making sure whatever you bring to the polls is current and accurate information and don’t wait until the last minute to do that."

All people registering to vote must provide proof of residence. The proof of residence document must include:

  • Your current and complete name
  • Your current and complete residential address
  • A visible account or document number (if applicable)

Document types include:

  •  A current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license
  • A current and valid Wisconsin identification card
  • Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit
  • Any identification card issued by an employer in the normal course of business and bearing a photo of the card holder, but not including a business card
  • A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election
  • A gas, electric or telephone service statement (utility bill) for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before Election Day
  • A bank, credit card, or other account statement issued by any financial institution
  • Paycheck
  • A check or other document or official correspondence issued by a unit of government (this includes official mail from a public high school or state college or university)
  • A university, college, or technical college identification card (must include photo) ONLY if the voter provides a fee receipt dated within the last 9 months or the institution provides a certified housing list to the municipal clerk.
  • A residential lease which is effective for a period that includes the registration date (cannot be used when registering by mail)

More information can be found on the Milwaukee Election Commission website.

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