Are You Ready To Vote?

Marquette University encourages students to take part in the election process. Students eligible under state and federal law will have the opportunity to vote in the upcoming Presidential Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.


Update on Wisconsin's Voter ID Law

Beginning with the 2016 Spring Primary, all Wisconsin voters, including students, must show an acceptable photo ID in order to receive a ballot. Eligible voters will also be asked to sign their name in the poll book per Wisconsin Election Law requirements.

Under a July 29, 2016 court ruling, several provisions of the Wisconsin Election Laws may not be enforced; please note this ruling may be subject to change.

Several items in this ruling may have a direct impact on Marquette students, these include the following:

According to Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board guidance as of February 1, 2016, you can use any of these five IDs, even if they expired after November 4, 2014:

You can use any of these IDs, but they must be unexpired:

Additional information on Voter ID can be found here.

Eligibility requirements

Voting in Wisconsin is limited to U.S. citizens who are at least 18 years old on Election Day, who have not been convicted of a felony (unless the citizen’s right to vote has been restored), and according to the July 29, 2016 court ruling are residents for 10 consecutive days or more of the district or ward where an election is being held.

Registering to vote

Under Wisconsin law, a proof of residence document is always needed when registering to vote. If students have registered to vote in the past they can verify that the address and polling location match their current address online.

If a student previously registered but has since moved, the student likely needs to re-register to vote. In Wisconsin, according to the July 29, 2016 court ruling, voters must reside at their address for at least 10 days by Election Day in order to register to vote in that election district or ward.

Voter Registration efforts take place Monday-Friday from 10 am to 2 pm from Wednesday, September 7, 2016 until Wednesday, October 19, 2016 in the Alumni Memorial Union. For further information, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at (414) 288-7491.

Marquette Voter ID Card

Students can also vote using a special Marquette Voter ID. Students can apply for their Marquette Voter ID Card in Union Station, located in the lower level of the Alumni Memorial Union. Students must present their current valid Marquette ID card to obtain a Marquette Voter ID Card.

If I am a Wisconsin resident what do I need to bring to register to vote?

Multiple pieces of information are required for students to register to vote.

Students who have been issued a Wisconsin driver’s license or Wisconsin Department of Transportation State ID Card that is current and valid must provide the number and expiration date when they register to vote (they do not have to have the physical card, just the information). Students may call the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles at (608) 266-2353 to have the number and expiration date confirmed.

If a student has had their Wisconsin driver license revoked, suspended or expired – or their Wisconsin Department of Transportation-issued State ID Card is expired – they will need to provide the last 4 digits of their Social Security number.

Wisconsin residents must also provide a proof of residence document when registering to vote in Wisconsin. A proof of residence document is a form that proves where you live in Wisconsin. Marquette students can use the Voter ID Fee Statement on CheckMarq, which includes the students address.

If you have not been issued a Wisconsin driver’s license or Wisconsin Department of Transportation-issued State ID Card, you must provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you have none of these documents, you will be able to indicate that fact.

Please see this explanation regarding proof of residence for a list of acceptable documents.

If I am originally a non-Wisconsin resident who chooses to vote using my Marquette address what do I need to bring to register to vote

Individuals must provide a proof of residence document when registering to vote in Wisconsin. A proof of residence document is a document that proves where students live in Wisconsin. Marquette students can use the Voter ID Fee Statement on CheckMarq, which includes the students address.

Students will also need to provide the last 4 digits of their Social Security number. If students don’t have these documents, they will be able to indicate that fact.

Please see this explanation regarding proof of residence for a list of acceptable documents.

See the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board’s guide on voter registration.

Absentee voting

You may instead decide to vote absentee using your home address, either in Wisconsin or another state. To learn more about absentee voting, visit Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board or your hometown’s election commission website.

If I am originally a non-Wisconsin resident do I have to vote absentee in my home state?

Not necessarily. Wisconsin has same day voter registration. According to the July 29, 2016 court ruling, as long as you have been a resident in Wisconsin for 10 days and meet the eligibility requirements listed above you would be eligible to vote in Wisconsin and do not have to vote absentee in your home state, however, United States citizens can only vote once per election.

Resources:

City of Milwaukee voting locations

Information on voting outside Milwaukee (Wisconsin and the rest of the United States)

State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

For information about this site or other voting information for Marquette:

Please call the Office of Public Affairs at (414) 288-7491. 

According to the Federal Student Aid Program, this information is posted to comply with Section 487(a)(23) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 that references the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) and requires higher education institutes to distribute voter registration forms to their students.

POLLING SITES

The following list includes polling sites for common on-campus residences and off-campus apartment complexes. You can also download a PDF map of these sites in relation to campus.

District 4, Ward 187:
Polling Site: Central Library, Centennial Hall; 733 N. Eighth St.
- St. James Court

- Straz Tower

District 4, Ward 190:
Polling Site: Alumni Memorial Union

- 601 N. 20th St.

- 611 N. 20th St.

- 2217 W. Wisconsin Ave.

- Abbottsford Hall

- The Abode East

- Campus East

- Campus Place

- Campus Studio

- Campus Union

- Campus West

- Carpenter Tower
- Catholic Financial Life

- Clybourn Place

- Cobeen Hall
- Davis House
- Gatehouse Apartments

- Maryland Courts

- The Patrician
- The Reeves
- The Row House Apartments<

- Schroeder Hall
- Strack I

- Trimbourn Mansion

District 4, Ward 191:
Polling Site: Alumni Memorial Union
- 2040 Lofts

- Ardmore Apartments

- Frenn Building

- Gilman Building

- Humphrey Apartments

- Mashuda Hall

- McCabe Hall

- McCormick Hall

- O'Donnell Hall

- The Sovereign

District 4, Ward 192:
Polling Site: Alumni Memorial Union
- The Abode
- Campus Central

- Campus Court

- Campus Town
- Kensington
- Marquette I and II

- Montecristo

- The Nicole
- Renee Row
- Strack II

- Tim's Place

- Varsity Apartments


District 4, Ward 194:
Polling Site: Milwaukee Chinese Academy, 2430 W. Wisconsin Ave.
- Venice Court

- Most Campus Community Apartments, except where noted

District 4, Ward 196:
Polling Site: Merrill Park Apartments; 222 N. 33rd St.
- 2311, 2335, 2435 W. Wisconsin Ave.