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 elections:
- Spring Primary, Feb. 20, 2018
- Spring Election, April 3, 2018
- Partisan Primary, Aug. 14, 2018
- General Election, Nov. 6, 2018
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 are residents for 10 consecutive days or more of the district or ward where an election is being held. The State of Wisconsin also requires eligible voters to have a voter ID, as well as follow some other requirements listed below.
Wisconsin's Voter ID Law
All eligible Wisconsin voters, including students, must show an acceptable photo ID to receive a ballot. Eligible voters will also be asked to sign their name in the poll book per Wisconsin Election Law requirements.
Acceptable Voter IDs in Wisconsin
The following photo IDs are acceptable for voting purposes, and can be unexpired or expired after the date of the most recent general election (currently, the November 8, 2016 election):
- A Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended
- A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card
- A Military ID card issued by the U.S. Uniformed Services (including retired and dependent uniformed service IDs)
- A U.S. passport book or card
The following photo IDs are also acceptable for voting purposes:
- A certificate of naturalization (that was issued no earlier than two years before the date of the election)
- An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin (can be expired or unexpired)
- A driver license receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days from date issued)
- An identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days from date issued)
- A Wisconsin DMV ID Petition Process Photo Receipt (valid for 180 days from date issued)
- A Veteran Affairs ID card (must be unexpired or have no expiration date)
- A photo identification card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college (please see more regarding a Marquette Voter ID card below), or technical college that contains the following:
- Date the card was issued
- Signature of student
- Expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance
- The university or college ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves enrollment, such as a tuition fee receipt, enrollment verification letter, or class schedule. Enrollment verification document can be shown electronically.
Additional information on Voter ID can be found here.
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, eligible 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.
Online Voter Registration for Voters with a valid Wisconsin Driver License or State of Wisconsin ID Card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) - Up to 20 Days in Advance of the Election:
Up to 20 days in advance of the election, voters with a valid Wisconsin Driver License or State of Wisconsin ID Card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can register to vote via MyVoteWisconsin. Additionally, the voter must enter a name, date of birth, Driver License or ID number and address that matches what is on file in the Wisconsin DMV database.
Non-Wisconsin Driver License or State of Wisconsin ID Card Issued Holders - Partial Online Form Completion: Up to 20 days before the election, if an eligible voter is unable to match their voter information with Wisconsin DMV, or if the eligible voter does not have a current Wisconsin Driver License or Wisconsin State ID card the individual will still be able to use the MyVoteWisconsin website to start the voter registration process.
By Mail: Up to 20 days before the election, an eligible voter will be able to complete a registration form on this site, and will then need to print, sign, and mail or deliver the form to the appropriate municipal clerk along with a proof of residence document.
In the Municipal Clerk’s Office: Up until 5:00 p.m. or the close of business, whichever is later, the Friday before the election. An eligible voter may register to vote in-person at the appropriate municipal clerk’s office. Wisconsin Law requires a Proof of Residence document when registering to vote.
At the Proper Polling Place on Election Day: An eligible voter may register at the polls on Election Day. An eligible voter must provide a Proof of Residence document when registering to vote as required by Wisconsin Law.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 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 student’s address.
If you have not been issued a Wisconsin driver 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.
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 student’s 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.
Yes, 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 Elections Commission 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. United States citizens can only vote once per election, however, so you may vote in your home state or in Wisconsin - but not both.
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.