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COVID-19 Voting Update: Absentee ballot applications will be sent to most registered voters for the 2020 general election. Registered voters flagged by a multi-state government database as having possibly moved will not be sent an application. Registered voters do not need a reason to vote absentee in Wisconsin.

[updated September 4, 2020]


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[music] Hey, Wisconsin!

I'm really glad you want to vote, but first you've gotta be registered. There's a link in the description where you can check your registration status right now.

If you're not registered, or you need to update your name and address, you'll need to fill out a registration form. If you have a Wisconsin ID, you can do that online by filling out the form linked below. If you don't have a Wisconsin ID, you'll use that same link to fill out the form, but at the end you'll just have to print it out and mail it to your municipal clerk's office by October 14th to vote in the general election in November.

If you miss that deadline, you can register in person at your municipal clerk's office. That's available until October 30th for the general election. There's a link in the description where you can find your municipal clerk's address and hours.

And if you miss that deadline too, don't panic. You can still register at your polling place on election day by bringing your completer registration form with you, or asking for one when you get there. You'll either have to show or mail a proof of residence to register.

That could be a driver's license as long as your address is current, a recent utility bill, bank statement or paycheck with your name and address on it, a copy of your lease, or a student ID and proof of enrollment from your school- you have to have both of those last two together for it to count. So once you've registered, you get to vote. If you'd prefer to vote from the comfort of your own couch, you can vote absentee by mail.

All you've got to do is fill out the form in the links below and mail it to your municipal clerk by October 29th. Though, the sooner you request an absentee ballot, the better so you have more time to get your ballot in the mail, fill it out at your own pace, and mail it back by November 3rd. In most cities, you can also vote early in person in the two weeks before the election at your municipal clerk's office.

Check the link below to find your clerk's address and the dates and times you can vote early. If you're planning to vote in person on November 3rd, you can go to the polls from 7am to 8pm. There's a link below that'll tell you where you need to go to vote.

You'll need to bring a photo ID with you, like a Wisconsin driver's license or state ID, military or tribal ID, or passport or student ID from a college or university in Wisconsin as long as you also have a document from your school that proves you're enrolled there. If you don't have any of those forms of ID, you can get a free voter ID at the DMV office. There's a link below with more information on how to get one.

You can also use the same website you used to check your registration and find your polling place to look at a sample ballot. It'll tell you everything you'll be able to vote for in this election. You don't have to vote for every single item on the ballot- you can leave things blank if you want to.

But your local elections are pretty important, so it's worth checking out what's on there ahead of time. You can even take a screenshot or print it out and bring it to the polls with you so you don't forget exactly how you wanted to vote. And one last thing: if you're going to vote, take a second right now to open up your notes app, grab a pen and paper, and make a plan.

Write down when and how you're gonna register, what time you're gonna vote, how you're gonna get there, what ID you're gonna use, even who you're gonna bring to the polls with you. Having a plan is a great way to make sure that nothing unexpected stops you from voting on November 3rd. All the links you need to check your registration, vote early, and find your polling location are in the description.

Thanks for being a voter. How To Vote in Every State is produced by Complexly in partnership with The MediaWise Voter Project, which is led by The Poynter Institute and supported by Facebook.