Governor Walker recently signed 2013 Wisconsin Act 182 (SB267) relating to providing proof of residence in order to register to vote. The new voting requirements went into effect on Friday, April 4, 2014.
The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) is providing guidance to voters and local election officials about these new registration requirements.
All electors, except those in the military and those residing overseas permanently, must now provide a valid proof of residence document when registering to vote. Under previous law, a document establishing residency was not required if an elector registered to vote more than 20 days before an election.
“The Legislature sought to make the proof of residence requirement consistent for voters regardless of when they register to vote,” said Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel of the GAB. “It is important that voters understand that they must have a valid document showing their current name and address when they register with a clerk or at a voter registration drive, or that they must submit a copy of the document when registering by mail.”
A variety of documents can be used to prove a person’s residence, including a valid driver license or state identification card, a utility bill or residential lease, a bank statement or paycheck, a property tax bill or other document issued by a unit of government. You can find a full list of acceptable documents here. Should you require a text only document please click here.