ANSWERS TO SOME VOTER ID QUESTIONS
(ACLU of Wisconsin, Sept. 19, 2014)
1) As of Sept. 12, 2014, voter ID is in effect for the November election.
2) Most voters will need to obtain and show one of the following kinds of photo ID to vote:
- Wisconsin drivers' license (current or expired since 11/6/12) (If you have this you do NOT need any other “voter ID” card)
- Wisconsin photo ID card (from DMV) (current or expired since 11/6/12)
- Receipt from DMV from applying for license or ID card within 60 days
- U.S. Passport (current or expired since 11/6/12)
- Military ID (current or expired since 11/6/12)
- Photo ID from federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin
- Naturalization certificate (from 11/6/12 to the present)
- Student ID from a Wisconsin college or university IF the ID has name, photo, signature, issuance date, & expiration date no more than 2 years from issuance date, and proof of enrollment.
3) Your photo ID does NOT have to have your current address to be valid for voting. (If you need to register to vote you need a document with your current address, which can be – but does not have to be – your license or ID card.)
4) If you do NOT have valid photo ID, you can apply for an ID for free at the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You need to bring:
- Proof of identity (http://dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/drivers/apply/doc/proof-identity.htm )
- Proof of residence (http://dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/drivers/apply/doc/proof-resident.htm)
- Birth certificate if you have one or could get one for free
- (or, one of a few less common kinds of proof of name and date of birth: http://dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/drivers/apply/doc/proof-dob.htm )
- If you would have to pay for a birth certificate, you can go to DMV and fill out the “Document Process Verification” form (MV3012) that is at this link, to try to have birth records verified for free: http://dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/drivers/apply/petition-process.htm
- If you’ve changed your name (for example, due to marriage, divorce or name change) you also need to . If you would have to pay for documents to prove that and DMV won’t help you, contact us right away bring proof of the name change!
(We’ve put together a handout with some of this information and copies of the forms for you. It’s attached.)
5) Military and overseas voters do NOT need photo ID.
6) Voters who are elderly or disabled and consider themselves “indefinitely confined” to home can vote absentee by mail without photo ID. (Mark item 6 as “indefinitely confined” on the absentee ballot application form: http://gab.wi.gov/forms/gab-121-english
7) If you run into problems getting your ID from DMV, we urge you to complete this form to provide us information: https://www.aclu.org/secure/wi-voter-id-2014
8) If you have other questions or concerns about voter ID, we urge you to “Like” Wisconsin Election Protection on Facebook and message or post your questions or concerns there. If you do not have access to Facebook, you can email questions or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as soon as we can.