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Early voting on campus runs through Nov. 4

October 18, 2016 By Käri Knutson

Election Day isn’t until Nov. 8, but you may cast your ballot now using absentee voting, either by mail or in person.

From Oct.  24 to Nov. 4, one-stop registration and early voting will be offered in the Student Activity Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and in Union South from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For residents outside the City of Madison, early voting is available in municipalities throughout the county.

View the fall 2016 absentee voting hours and locations for the City of Madison or Project Vote Smart to find dates of elections in other states.

In the election, voters will choose the next U.S. president as well as candidates for other federal, state and local offices. View Wisconsin ballot information.

You are eligible to vote if you are a U.S. citizen, will be 18 years of age on or before Election Day, have resided in Wisconsin for at least 10 consecutive days before Election Day, and are not currently serving a felony sentence, including probation/parole, you are eligible to vote in Wisconsin.

When voting, you will need to show an acceptable form of identification, such as a valid Wisconsin driver’s license, Wisconsin state ID, U.S. passport, U.S. Uniformed Services card, Veterans Affairs ID, tribal ID or Certificate of Naturalization.

The address on your ID does not matter; the purpose of presenting your ID at the polls is to prove your identity.

Students without one of the forms of ID listed above can obtain a UW–Madison voter-compliant ID card free of charge, and present that at the polls together with a Voter Enrollment Verification letter (printed or on a mobile device). Both documents must be presented at the polls.

In order to vote, you must be registered. If you are voting at the same address as the last time you voted (including apartment number), you should already be registered. You can check if you are registered at My Vote Wisconsin.

You will need to register or re-register if:

  • You are a first-time voter
  • You have moved to a new address (or even changed apartment numbers)
  • You have changed your legal name since the last time you voted

Being pre-registered helps you vote faster on Election Day, but registering at the polls is permissible.

More information about voting can be found at