The 2020 election is upon us, and you need to make sure that your voice is represented! If you are eligible, it is not only your civic right, but responsibility to vote. Here are the basics so you know not only how to register, but how to actually vote in the 2020 election!
What are voter registration qualifications?
There are only a few qualifications for people to register to vote. For one, you must be 18 years or older on Election Day; meaning, that if you are 17 prior to Election Day but turn 18 by the time you need to vote, you can still register! You also must be a United States citizen, and be a resident of Wisconsin for at least ten days. In terms of felony convictions, upon completing a sentence, including prison, parole, and probation, your rights are restored upon completion, so you are able to vote!
When is the voter registration deadline?
You must submit your voter registration form and information by mail or online up to 20 days prior to the election. In the municipal clerk’s office, you may register in person until the Friday before the election at 5:00pm, or close of business (whichever is later).
What about the party affiliation?
In Wisconsin, voters may choose which party’s ballot to vote, but this decision is private and does not register the voter with that party. This allows a voter to cast a vote across party lines for the primary election .
How do I obtain a voter registration form?
There are a few ways to obtain a voter registration form! Online is the first option. Just vicit https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/RegisterToVote, and fill out their five question form about your age, residency, and citizenship. You can also register in person at the municipal clerk’s office.
Registering to vote is incredibly simple, and it is up to you to take action and control of your own civic duties! If you need any help, simply visit myvote.wi.gov to learn about registering to vote! See you at the polls!
By Maggie Di Sanza