Are You Voter ID Ready? Need a Photo ID to Vote? Can’t get to the DMV? Here is help from Dane County Voter ID Coalition voteridwisconsin.org
- We can arrange a free ride to the Department of Motor Vehicles to help you get a state ID that can be used for voting. (You must live in Dane County)
- Family members may ride with you.
- A volunteer will help you prepare documents and talk to staff at the DMV.
- The ride is with Union Cab to and from the DMV. No extra stops allowed.
- Call the Voter ID hotline for more information and to make an appointment 608-729-7720.
Funded by the Dane County Clerk’s Office countyofdane.com/clerk
Register to Vote
The last day to register to vote before an election is the Friday preceding the election Wisc. Stats. 6.29(2)(a)
Contact your local Municipal Clerk to register to vote prior to the day of election to avoid possible long waiting times. Town of Montrose Clerk can be reached by calling or texting 608-424-3848.
Voting By Absentee Ballot
Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for at least 28 consecutive days before the election. [change in the law due to a court case decided in June 2020] The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot. Proof of Identification must be provided before an absentee ballot may be issued.
Contact your municipal clerk or go online to myvote.wi.gov to request that an application for an absentee ballot be sent to you for any election. Applications for absentee ballots will be available on the front door of the Montrose Town Hall. They can be picked up at any time and returned through the office door slot, in person, or by mail.
Returning a voted absentee ballot. An absentee ballot may be returned by mail or in person (to a person or through the office door slot) at any time. To be counted, the ballot must be received at the town hall no later than 8 p.m. on election day.
Voting an absentee ballot in person
You may also request and vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office by making an appointment to do so, or dropping in when the office is open. You may also make an appointment or drop in to register to vote, although the clerk recommends that you register, if possible, at myvote.wi.gov.
Ann R. Sayles, Clerk
Town of Montrose
1341 Diane Avenue
Belleville WI 53508
608-424-3848 (call or text)
The first day to vote an absentee ballot is two weeks before the date of the election. [change in the law due to a court case decided in June 2020] Call or text clerk at 424-3848 for more information and hours of absentee voting. [change in the law due to a court ruling issued in June 2020]
The last day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is the Friday preceding the election.
No in-person absentee voting may occur on a weekend or legal holiday.
The municipal clerk will deliver absentee ballots on Election Day to the polling place or counting location before the polls close at 8:00 p.m. All absentee ballots must be received before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
2020 Election Dates
Spring Primary: February 18
Spring Election and Presidential Preference Vote: April 7
Partisan Primary: August 11
General Election (Presidential): November 3
Wisconsin Now Requires A Photo ID to Vote – Please visit Bring It To The Ballot website for more information – http://bringit.wi.gov/
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation provides free state ID cards for voting.
- Learn about getting a free Wisconsin ID card on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/drivers/apply/idcard.htm
- Learn about getting a free Wisconsin ID card even if you do not have a birth certificate: www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/drivers/apply/petition-process.htm
Photo ID requirements are different than Proof of Residence requirements. All voters must showProof of Residence to register to vote, and a driver license or state ID card with a current address are just two of many documents can use to prove they are residents. A full list is available at myvote.wi.gov.
2013 Wisconsin Act 182 – New Voter Registration Requirements – 2013 Wisconsin Act 182, which was passed as Senate Bill 267, is in effect. Act 182 requires that voters provide a document establishing their Proof of Residence as part of the voter registration applications. The requirement applies to all electors who are not military or permanent overseas electors. For more information on this new requirement, please go to myvote.wi.gov
Proof of Residence and Proof of Identification
Information provided by the Wisconsin Elections Commission
Proof of Residence (POR) and Proof of Identification (photo ID) are two separate processes. A POR document is a document that proves where you live in Wisconsin and is only used when registering to vote. Photo ID is separate, you only show photo ID to prove who you are when you request an absentee ballot or a ballot at your polling place. All voters MUST provide a Proof of Residence document. If you register to vote by mail, in person in your clerk’s office, with a Election Registration Official, or at your polling place on Election Day, you need to provide a POR document. *If you are an active military voter, or a permanent overseas voter (with no intent to return to the US) you do not need to provide a POR document. All POR documents must include the voter’s name and current residential address. For a current list of acceptable POR documents please go to http://gab.wi.gov or contact your local municipal clerk.
There is not a separate “Voter ID” card. There are many forms of Photo ID, which you may already have, that can be used to vote. Anyone with a valid Wisconsin driver license or Wisconsin state ID card, or any of the acceptable documents list at http://gab.wi.gov or BringIt.wi.gov, already has the Photo ID they need for voting purposes. Remember-An acceptable Photo ID for voting does not have to include a current address.
For a list of acceptable Proof of Residence and Proof of Identification documents or to find your local municipal clerk go to http://gab.wi.gov. More information on how to get a free state ID card go to BringIt.wi.gov. To register to vote or check your registration status go to www.MyVote.wi.gov. Remember to include a copy of your POR if registering by mail.
If you need a Photo ID to vote and cannot get to the DMV, assistance is available from Dane County Voter ID Coalition which is funded by Dane County Clerk’s Office countyofdane.com/clerk. They can arrange a free ride to the Department of Motor Vehicles to help you get a state ID that can be used for voting (You must live in Dane County). Family members may ride with you and a volunteer will help you prepare documents and talk to staff at the DMV. The ride is with Union Cab to and from the DMV. No extra stops are allowed. Call the Voter ID hotline for more information and to make an appointment 608-729-7720 voteridwisconsin.org