Voter Registration

The Wisconsin Elections Commission has confirmed that they will accept scanned copies of the Marquette Voter ID Card for uploading when students are requesting absentee ballots or registering to vote. The process to get your Marquette Voter ID card is as follows:

1.  Students submit requests online for a Marquette Voter ID Card, which includes a spot for the student to sign electronically.

2.  The Marquette Card Office will confirm that the student is currently enrolled, and prepare a photo Voter ID using the student's photo on record and the electronic signature provided by the student.

3.  The Marquette Card Office will then print the card, scan it, and email a scanned copy of the Voter ID to the student at the student's valid Marquette.edu email address. The student can then print and create a copy to use when registering to vote or requesting an absentee ballot. The Voter ID, therefore, may appear in black and white or in color.

A federal court issued an order on April 2 that extended voting deadlines for the April 7, 2020 Primary election. Please note that the date by which you must request an absentee ballot by mail, fax, or email is extended to 5:00 pm on April 3, 2020. A federal court also ruled that in the state of Wisconsin, the deadline for receipt of absentee ballots is extended to 4:00 pm on April 13, 2020. Please note that absentee ballots need to be delivered or postmarked by April 7, 2020 in order to be counted. 

As of this date, the state of Wisconsin is still conducting in-person voting, so if you miss the deadline to request an absentee ballot, you can still vote on election day. Please check the Milwaukee Elections Commission website for the most current polling places.

While the Wisconsin Elections Commission had indicated that they would accept a scanned copy of the Marquette Voter ID Card for upload in requests for absentee ballots, those voting in person should bring the physical card if using as your form of ID to comply with state laws.

Milwaukee has also announced Absentee Ballot drop-off locations.

PLEASE NOTE:  

Because of the Safer at Home mandate, access to Marquette facilities is extremely limited, and staff are being asked not to come to campus. Printing Marquette Voter ID cards requires staff to be on campus. Thus, to ensure the wellbeing of staff and allow for minimal access to Marquette facilities, your request for a Marquette Voter ID must be received by Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 5:00pm Central Time to allow enough time for processing. Requests received after this date/time will not be fulfilled. 

This information is current as of 04/07/2020.

Upcoming Wisconsin Election Dates - polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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:

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 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, 2018 election):

  • A Wisconsin Department of Transportation-issued driver license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended
  • A Wisconsin Department of Transportation-issued identification card
  • A Wisconsin Department of Transportation-issued identification card or driver license without a photo issued under the religious exemption
  • Military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service
  • A U.S. passport
  • An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin (may be used even if expired before the most recent general election)
  • A photo identification card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college (please see more regarding a Marquette Voter ID card below), that contains date of issuance, signature of student, and an expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance. Also, the university or college ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves enrollment.

The following photo IDs are also acceptable for voting purposes, but MUST be unexpired:

  • A veteran's photo identification card issued by the Veterans Health Administration of the federal Department of Veterans Affairs
  • A certificate of naturalization (that was issued no earlier than two years before the date of the election)
  • A driving receipt issued by Wisconsin Department of Transportation (valid for 45 days)
  • An identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin Department of Transportation (valid for 45 days)
  • A temporary identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin Department of Transportation through the Identification Petition Process (IDPP) (valid for 180 days)
  • A citation or notice of intent to revoke or suspend a Wisconsin Department of Transportation-issued driver license that is dated within 60 days of the date of the election

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. Even if you live in the same residence hall or apartment building but have moved to a different dorm room or apartment within the building. 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.

Voter Registration

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.

ACCEPTABLE PROOF OF RESIDENCE DOCUMENTS
(More details are provided in the FAQ Section)

Under 2013 Wisconsin Act 182, which became effective on April 4, 2014, ALL eligible Wisconsin voters must provide a document establishing their proof of residence as part of the voter registration application. The requirement applies to all electors who are not military or permanent absentee voters.

Under Wisconsin law, any document used as a proof of residence MUST include:

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

AND must be from one of the following proof of residence document types:

  • A current and valid Wisconsin driver 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*
  • A paycheck
  • 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. Please note that only a Marquette Voter ID card (please see more below) meets the criteria of a college identification card and your regular Marquette ID card will not work for these purposes.
  • A residential lease which is effective for a period that includes the registration date (cannot be used when registering by mail)

*According to the Milwaukee Elections Commission, an eligible voter is allowed to "redact (black out) private information such as account balances or transactions on your proof of residence document. However, the last four (4) digits of your account number (if applicable), name and address must remain visible."

Marquette Voter ID Card

Students can also vote using a special Marquette Voter ID combined with a "fee statement receipt." 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.

Can I vote absentee and/or how do I register to vote in my home state?

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. Please note you may only vote once in an election, including a presidential primary; for example, if you are from Iowa and vote in the presidential primary election on February 3, 2020, you cannot also vote in the presidential primary election in Wisconsin on April 7, 2020.

Absentee Voting and Registering to Vote Outside of Wisconsin - Plan Early

Each state has its own laws and deadlines for voter registration and absentee voting. Please check with your home state for guidelines regarding voter registration, absentee voting and deadlines for these activities. Please note that if you plan to vote absentee in your home state the requirements for requesting a ballot are often weeks or months in advance of the actual election date. A preliminary schedule of 2020 presidential primary dates can be found here.

Links to state elections websites are listed below.

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.


Resources:

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.