DECISION 2012:Voter registration drive ends


MADISON, WI – Wednesday is the last day for voter registration drives and mail-in registration in Wisconsin, but voters can continue to register in their municipal clerk’s office, as well as at the polling place on Election Day.

“Open registration closes this year on October 17, so registration forms need to be postmarked or hand-delivered to the municipal clerk’s office by then,” said Kevin J. Kennedy, Wisconsin’s chief election official. “But there are many more opportunities for voters to get registered.”

Wisconsin has 3,467,021 registered voters, and a voting age population of 4,378,741.

Kennedy encouraged voters who need to register or update their registration to go to, the state’s new voter information website. On the website, they can start the registration process online by filling out a registration form. Voters can print the form, sign it and deliver it to the clerk’s office by Friday, November 2. They can also bring it with them to the polls on Election Day.

After the open registration period, voters must show a proof of residence document to complete their registration. That can include a valid driver license or state ID card with a current address. Anyone who does not have a DL or ID card can use a number of other documents that include the person’s name and current address. Acceptable documents include a residential lease, a utility bill (including telephone or cell phone), property tax bill, bank statement (not a credit card bill), paycheck, or other government-issued check or document. A full list is available at

Elections Division Administrator Nat Robinson reminded voters that “early voting” starts soon. Voters will be able to cast in-person absentee ballots in the clerks’ office starting Monday, October 22 through Friday, November 2. Voters should check with their municipal clerk’s office for office hours. Some clerks in smaller towns may not have regular office hours, but can arrange in-person absentee voting by appointment.

Voters can find their local clerk’s contact information at

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