New WI Voter Photo ID Rules
Cindy Phillippi, Adams County Clerk, urges voters to make sure they have an acceptable photo ID to vote in the coming Elections.
Voters must show one of the following photo IDs before they can cast a ballot:
- Wisconsin Driver License
- Wisconsin State ID Card
- Military ID Card
- U.S. Passport Book or Card
* These IDs are still valid if expired after November 4, 2014.
The following forms of photo ID are also acceptable:
- A Certificate of Naturalization, within two years of issuance
- Driver License Receipt issued by the WI DOT, within 45 days of issuance
- ID issued by a federally recognized Wisconsin Indian Tribe
- A photo ID issued by a Wisconsin accredited university, college, or technical college along with an enrollment verification document, valid for two years from date of issuance. (Please contact your local clerk, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board or your college or university for specifications)
* An acceptable photo ID is not required to include a current address.
Please contact your local DVM for information, if you do not have a valid Wisconsin Driver License or State ID. You can receive a free State ID if you specifically request a free ID for voting purposes. If you do not have a birth certificate, the DMV can help with that, too.
Voters requesting an absentee ballot by mail, must include a photocopy of their photo ID with the request, or the ballot cannot be mailed.
Voters who are “indefinitely confined” because of age, illness, infirmity or disability, and voters in care facilities, do not need a photo ID. Instead, an absentee witness verifies the voter’s identity.
Active members of the U.S. Armed Services who are away from home are also exempt from the photo ID requirement. Please contact your local clerk’s office for more information.
Voters are also encouraged to visit the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board’s Photo ID website, www.bringit.wisconsin.gov
for information about the new law.