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 Election.
Voters must show one of the following photo IDs before they can cast a ballot:
- Wisconsin Driver License even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended
- 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. Also, the university or college ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves enrollment. (May be used even if expired before the most recent general election.) (Please contact your local clerk, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board or your college or university for specifications)
- An ID card receipt issued by WI DOT (valid for 45 days)
- A temporary ID card receipt issued by WI DOT through the identification Petition Process (IDPP) (valid for 60 days)
- A citation of notice of intent to revoke or suspend a WI DOT-issued driver license dated within 60 days of the date of the election.
* An acceptable photo ID is not required to include a current address.
The following photo IDs are NOT acceptable for voting purposes:
· A State or Federal government employee ID
· An out-of-state driver license or identification card
· An employment ID
· A membership or organization ID
· A Certificates of Citizenship
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 to their municipal clerk with the request, or the ballot cannot be mailed. Once a copy of the photo ID is on file with the clerk, the voter will not have to provide it with future absentee ballot requests unless the voter changes their address or name.
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.