How to Vote in Wisconsin in 2018

Hello Wisconsin.
I’m really glad you want to vote, but first
you’ve gotta make sure you’re registered. There’s a link in the description where
you 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. At the end you’ll just have to print it
out and mail it to your municipal clerk’s
office by October 17th. If you miss that deadline you can hand deliver
your form to your municipal clerk until November 2nd. There’s a link in the description where
you can find your municipal clerk’s address
and hours. If you’re watching this after the 2nd, don’t
panic. You can still register at your polling place
on election day by bringing your completed 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 a proof of enrollment from your school
– you have to have both of those last two
together for it to count. There’s a list of some other, less common
forms of proof they’ll also accept linked below. So once you’re registered, you get to vote. Any registered voter in Wisconsin is allowed
to vote absentee by mail. All you have to do is fill out the form in
the links below and mail it to your municipal clerk by November 2nd, though, the sooner
you request an absentee ballot, the better so you have time to get your ballot the mail,
fill it out at your own pace, and mail it
back by November 6th. 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 early voting hours. If you’re planning to vote in person on
November 6th, you can go to the polls from
7am to 8pm. There’s a link below that will 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, of
a 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 any 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 that tells
you everything you’ll be able to vote for
in the midterm 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
can be pretty important, so it’s worth checking
out what’s on there ahead of time. You can even print it out and bring it to
the polls with you so you don’t forget how
you wanted to vote. One last thing: if you’re going to vote—open
up your notes app or grab a piece of paper
and make a plan. Write down when and how you’re going to
register, what time you’re going to vote, how you’re gonna get there, what ID you’re
going to use, even who you’re going to 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 6th. All the links you need to check your registration,
vote early and find your polling location
are in the description. Thank you for voting.

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  1. This is an awesome project!!!!! So many people don't vote because they don't know how to vote/they think its too much work to register, so these videos are an awesome resource. Much love from WI!

  2. When I turned 18 (in 1990), I remember a lovely coworker of my mom’s (who was also a volunteer poll worker) made certain I got a registration form AND walked me through the process of signing up for absentee voting (since I attended college out-of-state). I can’t even remember her name, but her simple gestures instilled in me a sense of sincerity, respect and DUTY for voting, in all the local, state and federal elections. Thanks to Hank and the HTVIES crew for playing that role for today’s new (and unsure) voters!

  3. Hey Hank! The link you've supplied for absentee ballots is dead the new site for absentee voting in WI is

  4. Shout out to you all for actually having the correct information. Most people say that the voter registration closes on October 17th, but that really isn't true. Given that you have a photo ID and the right documents you can wander into the polling place at 8:45pm, take 10 mins to fill out the registration, get in line at 8:59.59 and since you were in line before 9pm, you can still cast your vote. The poll workers are very friendly people who want to help you and are there if you have questions. Happy voting!!! (Source: am college student who has moved many times in the last year, have registered at the polls almost every election)

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