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Letter from Presidents & Chancellors

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Is your WI college ID acceptable for voting?

Campus Vote Project

All In Challenge 2016

NASPA on Civic Engagement

Voter Friendly Campus

Campus Compact

Citizen University

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Voting Information for 13 Select States

UW-Madison has significant numbers of students from these states

November 5, 2019:  Of the states below, these states have an election: GA   MA   MI   MN   NY   OH   PA

November 3, 2020: All states have a Presidential election.
Of the states below, these six have a 2020 US Senate contest: 
GA   IL   MA   MI   MN   NJ 

Online registration: Eleven of these states have Online Voter Registration - OVR.  Michigan and New Jersey do not.

Absentee ballot return postage: Of the states below, only CA, MN and WI provide the postage to return the ballot.  For the others, the voter provides the stamp.

State
Phone
Notes on voter ID

Links to OVR, Absentee and Student info

Needed to complete the registration online*

Deadline for OVR or mail-in registration

Deadlines for mail-in ballot:  Request / Return

Presidential Primary

California
800-345-8683
No voter ID requirement

Registration
Vote by mail
Student info

sos.ca.gov/elections

CA driver license or state ID

Feb 17

Feb 25 / March 3    To vote by mail, re-register

March 3

Florida

866-308-6739

Registration
Vote by Mail
Student info

dos.myflorida.com/elections

FL DL or state ID + issue date +  SSN4

Feb 18

March 7 / March 17

March 17

Georgia

No voter ID needed for absentee voting

Registration
Absentee voting Student info
 

mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP

GA Driver license or state ID

Feb 24

March 20 / March 24  Request no earlier than Sept 26.

March 24

Election Calendar

Illinois
No voter ID requirement

Registration
Vote by mail

elections.il.gov

IL driver license or state ID

March 1

March 12/ Postmarked by March 17.  Request no earlier than Feb 6.

 


March 17

Maryland
800-222-8683
No voter ID requirement

Registration
Absentee

elections.maryland.gov

MD driver license or state ID

April 7 at 11:59 pm ET

April 24/ Postmarked by April 28. Can request online

April 28

Massachusetts 800-462-8683
No voter ID requirement

Registration
Absentee        Student info

sec.state.ma.us/ele

MA driver license or state ID

Feb 12

Mar 2 at noon/ Mar 3.  Cannot request online.

March 3

Election Calendar

Michigan
Non-strict Voter ID requirement

No online registration
Voting Info
**
Absentee    Student info

michigan.gov/vote

No online registration

Feb 24 is mail-in deadline.

Mar 6 / Mar 10. Cannot request online.

March 10

Election Calendar

Minnesota 877-600-8683
No voter ID requirement

Registration
***
Vote by mail
Student info

MNvotes.org

SSN; or MN driver license or state ID

Feb 11

Mar 2/ Mar 3. Can request online.

March 3

Election Calendar

New Jersey
877-658-6837
No voter ID requirement

No online registration     Voting Info
Vote by mail
Student info 

elections.nj.gov

No online registration

May 12 is mail-in deadline

May 26/ June 2.  Cannot request online.

June 2

New York
800-367-8683
No voter ID requirement

Registration
Absentee         Student Info

elections.ny.gov

****NY driver license or state ID, and SSN.

April 3

Mar 30 to April 21/ Postmarked by April 27. Cannot request online.

April 28

Election Calendar

Ohio   
614-466-2585
Absentee ID requirement is easy to meet

Registration
Absentee     Student Info

MyOhioVote.com

OH driver license or state ID, and SSN

Feb 10

Mar 7/ Postmarked by Mar 9. Cannot request online.

March 10

Election Calendar

Pennsylvania
877-868-3772
No voter ID requirement

Registration
Absentee
Student info

VotesPA.com

Either PA DL, Penn DOT ID, or see how to upload digital signature

March 30, 11:59 pm.

April 21/ April 24. Cannot request online.

April 28

Election Calendar

Wisconsin
866-8683-947
Strict voter ID requirement for both absentee & in person.

Registration     Election Day Registration


Absentee
Student info MyVote.wi.gov

****WI driver license or DOT-issued ID

March 18

April 2/ April 7. Can request online.

April 7

*If you do not have these documents, the website will assist you in printing and mailing an application.

** In Michigan, a person who registers to vote by mail must vote in person in the first election in which they participate.  There does not appear to be an ID requirement for absentee.

***In Minnesota, an absentee ballot must be witnessed by a registered MN voter, or notary.

****Must update DMV info as part of online registration

There are 3 Governors being elected in 2019: KY    LA    MS

Primary dates and links for all states, by the US Vote Foundation.

NCSL is the source of information on voter ID.

States may have additional election dates for local offices.

You must be 18 and a U.S. citizen to register and vote.

Vote from your campus address.  Once a student has established residency at a campus address, the student may vote using the student’s campus address until the student establishes a new voting residence.  Vote at your local campus-area polling place.  You will need to register each time you move.

Alternatively, vote from your home address. A student may register to vote from a home address (in Wisconsin or another state) if the student has not yet registered to vote from a campus address.  This may be a good option for those eligible for online registration and who also plan to vote via absentee ballot.

Links to the online voter registration systems of 38 states (scroll down):  http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/electronic-or-online-voter-registration.aspx

For states not in the table, Google “state name secretary of state”, or “state name board of elections”.

UW headcount data by geographic origin:  https://www.wisconsin.edu/education-reports-statistics/student-statistics/

Origin of UW-Madison students from U.S.:  WI 60%; MN 10%; IL 10%; CA 3%; NY 2.5%; NJ 1.3%; MI 1%; MA 1%; PA 1%; OH 0.6%.


"One of our missions as an American educational institution is to prepare and encourage everyone who passes through the university to be an active, engaged citizen. Voting is one important aspect of this. It is essential to our democratic form of government and a responsibility that comes with citizenship."  -From UW-Madison'sChancellor Rebecca Blank's blog, January 29, 2016

Web page by Paul Malischke       malischke@yahoo.com       Last updated July 14, 2019