I hereby certify that I still reside at the address at which I am registered and apply for continuation of registration.
Present Address ....
If you have moved within this municipality or changed your name, please contact this office to complete a change of name or address form.
[Office of clerk or board of election commissioners
The municipal clerk or board of election commissioners shall cancel the registration of all notified electors under sub. (1)
who have not applied for continuation of registration within 30 days of the date of mailing of the notice of suspension.
As an alternative to the procedure prescribed in subs. (1)
, the governing body of a municipality where registration is required may provide for revision of registration lists under this subsection.
Following each general election, the municipal clerk of the municipality shall revise and correct the registration list by reviewing the registration of any elector who failed to vote within the past 4 years if qualified to do so during that entire period. Each such elector shall be mailed an address verification card under par. (c)
. If an address verification card is returned by the postal service to the clerk, the registration of such elector shall be canceled. Otherwise, the registration shall be retained notwithstanding failure of the elector to vote at any election, except as provided in subs. (4)
Upon a 1st class postcard bearing the mailing legend, "Do not forward - return postage guaranteed", the voter address verification shall read substantially as follows:
"OFFICIAL VOTER ADDRESS VERIFICATION
The official voter registration list shows that you are registered to vote by the name and address appearing on the front of this card. If either the name or address appearing on the front of this card is incorrect, please contact this office in person or by mail. Improper registration may result in your being denied the right to vote.
[Office of clerk
Upon receipt of reliable information that a registered elector has changed his or her residence to a location outside of the municipality, the municipal clerk or board of election commissioners shall notify the elector by mailing a notice by 1st class mail to the elector's registration address stating the source of the information. All municipal departments and agencies receiving information that a registered elector has changed his or her residence shall notify the clerk or board of election commissioners. If the elector no longer resides in the municipality or fails to apply for continuation of registration within 30 days of the date the notice is mailed, the clerk or board of election commissioners shall cancel the elector's registration. Upon receipt of reliable information that a registered elector has changed his or her residence within the municipality, the municipal clerk or board of election commissioners shall transfer the elector's registration and mail the elector a notice of the transfer under s. 6.40 (2)
. This subsection does not restrict the right of an elector to challenge any registration under s. 6.325
The municipal clerk or board of election commissioners shall cancel the registration of deceased electors by means of checking vital statistics reports. No notice need be sent of registrations canceled under this subsection.
The registration of any elector whose address is listed at a building which has been condemned for human habitation by the municipality under s. 66.05 (2)
shall be investigated by the municipal clerk or board of election commissioners. If the clerk or board of election commissioners can find no reason why the registration of such an elector should not be stricken from the registration list, the elector's registration shall be canceled. If the elector has left a forwarding address with the U.S. postal service, a notice of cancellation shall be mailed by the clerk or board of election commissioners to the forwarding address.
The municipal clerk, upon authorization by an elector, shall cancel the elector's registration.
When an elector's registration is canceled, the municipal clerk shall make an entry upon the registration card, giving the date and cause of cancellation.
Any municipal governing body may direct the municipal clerk or board of election commissioners to arrange with the U.S. postal service pursuant to applicable federal regulations, to receive change of address information with respect to individuals residing within the municipality for revision of the elector registration list. If required by the U.S. postal service, the governing body may create a registration commission consisting of the municipal clerk or executive director of the board of election commissioners and 2 other electors of the municipality appointed by the clerk or executive director for the purpose of making application for address changes and processing the information received. The municipal clerk or executive director shall act as chairperson of the commission. Any authorization under this subsection shall be for a definite period or until the municipal governing body otherwise determines. The procedure shall apply uniformly to the entire municipality whenever used. The procedure shall provide for receipt of complete change of address information on an automatic basis, or not less often than once every 2 years during the 60 days preceding the close of registration for the September primary. If a municipality adopts the procedure for obtaining address corrections under this subsection, it need not comply with the procedure for mailing address verification cards under subs. (1)
Whenever a name is stricken from the registration list, the municipal clerk or board of election commissioners shall enter the reason for striking on the list next to the stricken name.
Any elector whose registration is canceled under this section may have his or her registration reinstated by filing a new registration form.
Failure to register; rights.
No name may be added to the registration list after the close of registration, but any person whose name is not on the registration list but who is otherwise a qualified elector is entitled to vote at the election upon compliance with s. 6.29
History: 1985 a. 304
Polling place registration; voting by certification. 6.55(2)(a)(a)
Except where the procedure under par. (c)
is employed, any person who qualifies as an elector in the ward or election district where he or she desires to vote, but has not previously filed a registration form, or was registered at another location in a municipality where registration is required, may request permission to vote at the polling place for that ward or election district, or at an alternate polling place assigned under s. 5.25 (5) (b)
. When a proper request is made, the inspector shall require the person to execute a registration form prescribed by the board which shall contain the following certification:
"I, ...., hereby certify that to the best of my knowledge, I am a qualified elector, having resided at .... for at least 10 days immediately preceding this election, and that I am not disqualified on any ground from voting, and I have not voted, at this election." If a change of address is made from outside the municipality, the elector shall file a cancellation under s. 6.40 (1) (b)
Upon executing the registration form under par. (a)
, the person shall be required by a special registration deputy or inspector to present acceptable proof of residence under sub. (7)
. If the person cannot supply such proof, the registration form shall be substantiated and signed by one other elector who resides in the same municipality as the registering elector, corroborating all the material statements therein. The corroborator shall then provide acceptable proof of residence. The signing by the elector executing the form and by any elector who corroborates the information in the form shall be in the presence of the special registration deputy or inspector. Upon compliance with this procedure, such person shall then be given the right to vote.
As an alternative to registration at the polling place under pars. (a)
, the board of election commissioners, or the governing body of any municipality in which registration is required may by resolution require a person who qualifies as an elector and who is not registered and desires to register on the day of an election to do so at another readily accessible location in the same building as the polling place serving the elector's residence or at an alternate polling place assigned under s. 5.25 (5) (b)
, instead of at the polling place serving the elector's residence. In such case, the municipal clerk shall prominently post a notice of the registration location at the polling place. The municipal clerk, deputy clerk or special registration deputy at the registration location shall require such person to execute a registration form as prescribed under par. (a)
and to provide acceptable proof of residence as provided under sub. (7)
. If the person cannot supply such proof, the registration form shall be corroborated in the manner provided in par. (b)
. The signing by the elector executing the form and by any corroborating elector shall be in the presence of the municipal clerk, deputy clerk or special registration deputy. Upon proper completion of registration, the municipal clerk, deputy clerk or special registration deputy shall serially number the registration and give one copy to the elector for presentation at the polling place serving the elector's residence or an alternate polling place assigned under s. 5.25 (5) (b)
Upon compliance with the procedures under subd. 1.
, the municipal clerk or deputy clerk shall issue a certificate addressed to the inspectors of the proper polling place directing that the elector be permitted to cast his or her vote. If the elector's registration is corroborated, the clerk shall enter the name and address of the corroborator on the face of the certificate. The certificate shall be numbered serially and prepared in duplicate. The municipal clerk shall preserve one copy in his or her office.
The elector, at the time he or she appears to vote at the polling place, shall deliver the certificate issued under subd. 2.
to the inspectors.
A registered elector who has changed his or her name but resides at the same address, and has not notified the municipal clerk under s. 6.40 (1) (c)
, shall notify the inspector of the change before voting. The inspector shall then notify the municipal clerk at the time which materials are returned under s. 6.56 (1)
. If an elector changes both a name and address, the elector shall complete a registration form at the polling place or other registration location under pars. (a)
Any qualified elector in the ward or election district where the elector desires to vote whose name does not appear on the registration list where registration is required but who claims to be registered to vote in the election may request permission to vote at the polling place for that ward or election district. When the request is made, the inspector shall require the person to give his or her name and address. If the elector is not at the polling place which serves the ward or election district where the elector resides, the inspector shall provide the elector with directions to the correct polling place. If the elector is at the correct polling place, the elector shall then execute the following written statement: "I, ...., hereby certify that to the best of my knowledge, I am a qualified elector, having resided at .... for at least 10 days immediately preceding this election, and that I am not disqualified on any ground from voting, and I have not voted at this election and am properly registered to vote in this election." The person shall be required to provide acceptable proof of residence as provided under sub. (7)
and shall then be given the right to vote. If acceptable proof is presented, the elector need not have the information corroborated by any other elector. If acceptable proof is not presented, the statement shall be certified by the elector and shall be corroborated by another elector who resides in the municipality. The corroborator shall then provide acceptable proof of residence as provided in sub. (7)
. Whenever the question cannot be satisfactorily resolved and the elector permitted to vote, an inspector shall telephone the office of the municipal clerk to reconcile the records at the polling place with those at the office.
The governing body or board of election commissioners of any municipality may provide by resolution that any of the registration duties of inspectors under sub. (2)
shall be carried out in the municipality by special registration deputies appointed by the municipal clerk or board of election commissioners at any polling place or other registration location whenever the clerk or board of election commissioners determines that the registration process provided for in that subsection will be facilitated thereby. The deputies shall be specially appointed by the clerk or board of election commissioners for one election only to conduct elector registration only.
For purposes of this section, a form of identification constitutes acceptable proof of residence if it includes:
A current and complete name, including both the given and family name; and
A current and complete residential address, including a numbered street address, if any, and the name of a municipality.
If an elector's address has changed since a piece of identification was issued, the new information may be typed or printed on the identification by hand, in ink.
Forms of identification which constitute acceptable proof of residence under this section, when they contain the information specified in par. (a)
, include the following:
A Wisconsin motor vehicle operator's license.
Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit or by an employer in the normal course of business, but not including a business card.
A check-cashing or courtesy card issued by a merchant in the normal course of business.
A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election.
A residential lease which is effective for a period that includes election day.
A university, college or technical institute fee card.
A university, college or technical institute identification card.
A gas, electric or telephone service statement for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before election day.
Forms of identification specified in par. (c)
which are valid for use during a specified period shall be valid on the day of an election in order to constitute acceptable proof of residence at that election.
Verification of voters not appearing on list. 6.56(1)(1)
The list containing the names of persons voting under ss. 6.29
and 6.55 (2)
shall be returned together with all forms and certificates to the municipal clerk.
Upon receipt of the list, the municipal clerk shall make a check to determine whether each person who has been allowed to vote under s. 6.55 (3)
is properly registered. If so, the clerk shall correct the registration list. If the address on the registration list is not correct, the clerk shall correct the address. The clerk shall then notify the elector by postcard when he or she is properly registered. If such person is found not to be properly registered, the clerk shall send the person a 1st class letter with that information, containing a mail registration form under s. 6.30 (4)
. The letter shall be marked "Address correction requested". If such letter is returned undelivered, or if the U.S. postal service notifies the clerk of an improper address which was apparently improper on the day of the election, the clerk shall notify the district attorney.
The municipal clerk or board of election commissioners shall make an audit of all electors registering to vote at the polling place or other registration location under s. 6.55 (2)
upon receipt of the list under sub. (1)
. The audit shall be made by 1st class postcard. The postcard shall be labeled "Address correction requested" or "Do not forward—return postage guaranteed". If any postcard is returned undelivered, or if the clerk or board of election commissioners is informed of a different address than the one specified by the elector which was apparently improper on the day of the election, the clerk or board shall remove the elector's name from the registration list, mail the elector a notice of the removal and provide the name to the district attorney for the county where the polling place is located.
After each election, the municipal clerk shall carefully check to assure that no person has been allowed to vote more than once. Whenever the municipal clerk has good reason to believe that a person has voted more than once in an election, the clerk shall send the person a 1st class letter with return receipt and address correction requested, informing him or her that all registrations relating to that person may be canceled within 7 days unless the person contacts the office of the clerk to clarify the matter. A copy of such letter and any subsequent information received from or about the addressee shall be sent to the district attorney.
Whenever any letter or postcard mailed under this section is returned undelivered, or whenever the U.S. postal service notifies the clerk of an improper address which was apparently improper on the day of the election or whenever it otherwise appears that a person has voted who is not qualified or has voted more than once in an election, and the person has been permitted to vote after corroboration was made under s. 6.55 (2)
, the name of the corroborator shall also be provided to the district attorney.
The municipal clerk may not disqualify an elector under this section except upon the grounds and in accordance with the procedures specified in s. 6.325
Registration list for school and special elections.
If the registration list has not been revised in time to be used at any school or special election, the registration list used at the last preceding general or municipal election plus a supplementary list shall be used for the election. Before issuing the supplementary list the municipal clerk shall add the newly registered electors and strike the names of those electors known to have died or become disqualified since the registration list was last revised.
History: 1975 c. 85
; Stats. 1975 s. 6.57; 1977 c. 394
Time off for voting. 6.76(1)(1)
Any person entitled to vote at an election is entitled to be absent from work while the polls are open for a period not to exceed 3 successive hours to vote. The elector shall notify the affected employer before election day of the intended absence. The employer may designate the time of day for the absence.
No penalty, other than a deduction for time lost, may be imposed upon an elector by his or her employer by reason of the absence authorized by this section.
This section applies to all employers including the state and all political subdivisions of the state and their employes, but does not affect the employes' right to holidays existing on June 28, 1945, or established after that date.
History: 1977 c. 394
; 1991 a. 316
Place for voting. 6.77(1)(1)
An elector may vote only at the polling place for his or her residence designated by the governing body or board of election commissioners.
Whenever territory which was formerly a part of one municipality becomes a part of another municipality, an elector of the territory shall vote in the municipality in which the territory is included on the day of the election.
History: 1975 c. 85
; 1985 a. 304
The polls at any election shall be open:
In 1st, 2nd and 3rd class cities, from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
In 4th class cities, villages and towns, from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.; extendable by the governing body to not earlier than 7 a.m. Notice of the change of hours shall be given by publication in a newspaper, under ch. 985
, once each week for 2 successive weeks, with the first insertion not less than 8 days before the election. The new hours shall take effect only after the notice provisions have been complied with. When the ordinance applies to all future elections, notice need be given only for the first election affected by the change.
The polls at school elections shall be open the same hours as provided under subs. (1)
in the municipality or municipalities in which the school district is located, except as authorized in s. 120.06 (9) (a)
Any elector waiting to vote, whether within the polling booth or in the line outside the booth at the time the polls officially close, shall be permitted to vote.
History: 1985 a. 304
; 1991 a. 316
Two election officials at each election ward shall be in charge of and shall maintain 2 separate lists of all persons voting.
(1) Municipalities without registration.
Where there is no registration, before being permitted to vote, each person shall state his or her full name and address. The officials shall record each name and address on a poll list in the same order as the votes are cast. If the residence of the elector does not have a number, the election officials shall, in the appropriate space, write "none". Alternatively, the municipal clerk may maintain a poll list consisting of the full name and address of electors compiled from previous elections. Whenever an elector appears to vote, the officials shall verify the correctness of the elector's name and address, and shall enter a serial number next to the name of the elector in the order that the votes are cast, beginning with the number one. If the name and address of an elector do not appear on the prepared poll list, the officials shall record the name, address and serial number of the elector at the bottom of the list. The officials may require any elector to provide identification, including acceptable proof of residence, or to have another elector corroborate his or her information in accordance with the procedure specified in s. 6.55 (2) (b)
before permitting the elector to vote. The officials shall maintain a separate list of those persons voting under ss. 6.15