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Register to Vote | Find Your Polling Place | Cast Your Ballot |
Know Your Rights | Know the Candidates | Know the Facts |
Know the Parties | Know the Results
Below, we’ve compiled information and resources about how, when, and where to vote. This page is by no means exhaustive. If you have questions, ask a librarian at our Adult Info Desk, call 262-242-2593 x320, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
REGISTER TO VOTE
To vote in a Wisconsin election, you must be a United States citizen aged 18 years or older on Election Day. You cannot be currently serving a sentence, including incarceration, parole, probation, or extended supervision for a felony conviction. (If you’ve completed your sentence, though, you can vote.) You must have lived at your current residence for at least 28 days prior to Election Day.
You can register:
- By Mail – Up until 20 days before Election Day. Mail a completed Voter Application and a photocopy of your proof of residence to your municipal clerk.
- If you live in Mequon, mail to the City Clerk, 11333 N Cedarburg Road, Mequon, WI 53092.
- If you live in Thiensville, mail to the Village Clerk, 250 Elm Street, Thiensville, WI 53092.
- We can also help you register by mail at the library’s Adult Info Desk.
- Online – Up until 20 days before Election Day. Submit an online voter application at MyVote Wisconsin. You must provide a valid, unexpired driver’s license or state ID number, and the listed address, name, and birth date must match what’s on file at the Wisconsin DMV.
- In Person – Up until 5PM on the Friday before Election Day. Bring a proof of residence document to your municipal clerk’s office and fill out a voter application there.
- If you live in Mequon, visit City Hall, 11333 N Cedarburg Road, Mequon, WI 53092.
- If you live in Thiensville, visit Village Hall, 250 Elm Street, Thiensville, WI 53092.
- Same Day Registration – You can also register to vote at the polls on Election Day. Bring a proof of residence document to your polling place. You’ll fill out a voter application before you vote.
- Voter Registration Resources:
FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE
Every Wisconsin voter is assigned a polling place. If you vote on Election Day, it must be at this polling place.
- If you live in Mequon, you can look up your polling place at MyVote Wisconsin. If you need help, contact the City Clerk’s office at 262-236-2912.
- If you live in Thiensville, you will vote at the Thiensville Municipal Center, inside Village Hall. If you have questions, contact the Village Clerk’s office at 262-242-3720.
CAST YOUR BALLOT
Wisconsin voters can cast their ballots in two ways: absentee and in-person.
- Absentee Voting
- Every Wisconsin voter is entitled to vote absentee for any reason. You do not have to be homebound, sick, or otherwise indisposed on Election Day to vote absentee.
- If you want to vote absentee, you first have to request an absentee ballot. You can make this request:
- By Mail – Up until 5PM on the Thursday before Election Day. Mail a completed Application for Absentee Ballot and a photocopy of your photo ID to your municipal clerk.
- Online – Up until 5PM on the Thursday before Election Day. Submit an online absentee application at MyVote Wisconsin. You must also submit a scan or picture of your valid, unexpired driver’s license or state ID, and the listed address, name, and birth date must match what’s on file at the Wisconsin DMV.
- Keep in mind that if you request a ballot online or by mail, your municipal clerk will then mail your ballot to you. You must then mail it back, and it must arrive at the clerk’s office by 8PM on Election Day. The US Postal Service recommends that absentee ballots be mailed at least one week before Election Day to ensure they arrive on time.
- In-Person – Up until 5PM on the Friday before Election Day. Municipal clerks may, at their discretion, allow in-person absentee voting, also called early voting. Bring your photo ID to your municipal clerk’s office during their early voting hours. You will fill out, seal, and give your ballot directly to the clerk.
- If you live in Mequon, call 262-236-2912 to verify early voting dates and times. Then, visit City Hall, 11333 N Cedarburg Road, Mequon, WI 53092.
- If you live in Thiensville, call 262-242-3720 to verify early voting dates and times. Then, visit Village Hall, 250 Elm Street, Thiensville, WI 53092.
- In-Person Voting on Election Day
- On Election Day, bring your photo ID to your polling place to cast your ballot. Polling places are open from 7AM to 8PM. As long as you are in line by 8PM, you will be allowed to vote.
- You can sign up to receive election reminders at Vote.org or TurboVote.
- Voting Resources:
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
As a Wisconsin resident, you are entitled by law to cast a ballot in a Wisconsin election as long as you can verify your identity with a valid photo ID and your residence with a valid proof of residence. Know your rights, especially your right to an accessible election.
If you feel you have unfairly been prevented from voting, or you observe or experience harassment, intimidation, discrimination, or efforts to commit fraud or corruption during the voting process, call:
- 866-687-8683 – Election Protection Hotline (via Vote.org and the League of Women Voters)
- 866-747-1471 – US Election Assistance Commission
- 262-236-2912 – Mequon City Clerk
- 262-242-3720 – Thiensville Village Clerk
- 608-266-8005 – Wisconsin Government Accountability Board
- 414-297-1700 – United States Attorney, Eastern District of Wisconsin
- 800-253-3931 – US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
KNOW THE CANDIDATES
The easiest way to find out who’s running for office in your area is to preview your ballot. MyVote Wisconsin will show you your ballot for the next upcoming election. You can see every candidate and read any referenda ahead of time.
If, for some reason, you can’t see your ballot, you can also find out who’s running elsewhere. The Wisconsin Elections Commission keeps a list of all the candidates running for federal offices, like US Senator; and state offices, like judges. They also keep track of referenda. Both lists are posted here.
If you live in Mequon, the City Clerk’s office keeps a list of candidates running for local offices, like alderperson. Call 262-236-2912 to find out more.
If you live in Thiensville, the Village Clerk’s office keeps a list of candidates running for local offices, like Village President. Call 262-242-3720 to find out more.
KNOW THE FACTS
- Ballotpedia – Shows you a preview of your ballot and explains all referenda in “yes/no” terms. You can also click on candidates to see more about them, including previous experience, party affiliations, and endorsements.
- BallotReady – Shows you a preview of your ballot. You can click on any candidate to learn more about them, including previous experience, party affiliations, and endorsements.
- Project Vote Smart – Lets you search for specific candidates by name. You can see candidates’ biographies, voting history (if any), endorsements, and more.
- Annenberg Political Fact Check – Reviews statements from political candidates, Facebook posters, and others; and verifies their factual accuracy. You can browse by issues and sources.
- Politifact – Reviews statements from political candidates, bloggers, Facebook posters, and others; and assigns ratings based on their factual accuracy. Ratings are explained in detail. You can browse by state, issue, person, and more.
KNOW THE PARTIES
- Democratic Party – National | Wisconsin | Ozaukee County
- Green Party – National | Wisconsin | Ozaukee County [none yet – nearest is Greater Milwaukee]
- Libertarian Party – National | Wisconsin | Ozaukee County [none yet – nearest is Milwaukee]
- Republican Party – National | Wisconsin | Ozaukee County
Links to political parties are for informational purposes only and do not in any way constitute an endorsement.
KNOW THE RESULTS
- Federal and State Results – Wisconsin Elections Commission
- Local Mequon Results – Mequon City Clerk
- Local Thiensville Results – Thiensville Village Hall