Today is Primary Election Day in Wisconsin! This is an opportunity for you to gauge which candidates will be on the ballot for Wisconsin’s critical November 8 general election through the choices you make in today’s partisan primary.
If you have a absentee ballot by mail that was mailed to you and has not yet been returned, be sure to return your completed ballot. Contact your secretary to find out where you can hand-deliver your ballot This day. All ballots must be received by 8:00 pm today, Election Day. Don’t forget: The ballot envelope needs a witness’s signature and that witness’s address! More information about your absentee ballot can be found here.
If you plan to vote in person at the polls, please read the information below to be prepared when you show up to vote at your polling place. All polls in Wisconsin are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Bring your acceptable form of photo ID to vote
You must show a specific form of photo identification in order to vote. If you have a Wisconsin driver’s license or ID card, then you’re good to go. Other forms of ID work too, and it’s a good idea to check the official list from the Wisconsin Election Commission at Bring it to the ballot to make sure you have what you need. If you do not have acceptable voting identification and need assistance obtaining one, contact the Voter ID Hotline 608-285-2141 for assistance.
What if you don’t have acceptable ID to vote today?
You can request AND vote a provisional ballot. But, for your ballot to be counted, you MUST return to your polling place with an acceptable form of ID before it closes at 8:00 pm today OR bring your ID to the municipal clerk’s office by 4:00 p.m. p. the primary elections (Friday, August 12).
Know what’s on your ballot
Wisconsin is an “open” primary state. Which means that Wisconsin does not require voters to register with a party, and therefore voters can choose their party preference on the ballot when they vote. BUT note that when casting your partisan primary ballot, you must only choose one party and you must only vote for that party’s candidates on this ballot. Please read the instructions on the ballot carefully. Visit the Wisconsin Election Commission website What’s on my ballot? and type in your address to see a sample ballot.
You can register to vote on Election Day
You can register to vote on Election Day at your polling place. Being registered to vote means being registered at your current address. But if you moved within 28 days of Election Day, you must register and vote at your old address. Check if you are registered to vote at your current address. If you are not registered, be sure to bring a proof of residence document (hard copy or electronic version on your cell phone or tablet) when you go to the polls on Tuesday so you can register there.
Know where your polling place is before you go
Polling places may change. To find out where to go to cast your vote, visit the Find my polling place on the My Vote Wisconsin website and enter your address. This year in particular, polling places may have changed since new districts were drawn after the redistricting process in 2021.
Learn more about the candidates
Learn who wants to represent you and which candidate best represents your values before you vote. Find candidate and ballot information for the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin at vote411.
Do you have questions or need help?
Beyond the resources of your city clerk, help is just a call, text, or email away.
- Call or text WI Voter Helpline at 608-285-2141 and you will be connected to an impartial person who can help answer all of your questions. He can also request services such as getting assistance at the DMV in obtaining a voting ID or having someone witness his absentee ballot.
- Voters with disabilities have the right to an accessible polling place. This includes the right to use an accessible voting machine, get assistance marking a ballot, and use curbside voting. Call to Disability Rights Wisconsin Voter Hotline for assistance: 1-844-347-8683. Or email: [email protected] There are also additional online resources at Wisconsin Disability Voting Coalition website.
- Contact vote riders if you need immediate assistance with a photo ID to vote. You can get free identification assistance in the state as soon as possible from the online form.
If you’re having trouble at the polls or have questions, there’s help.
- To call Election Protection at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) for nonpartisan voter protection volunteer support with questions or to report problems.
Primary elections like today’s typically see lower overall voter turnout than the November 8 general election. That means your voice and the decisions you make today could have a significant and amplified impact on what the ballot looks like in November. So if you can, get out there and vote today! Voting helps strengthen democracy in Wisconsin and you’ll feel better for doing it. So do it!
Thank you, and all the best to you,