The city speaks
Voter registration & absentee voting for the November 4, 2014 general election
By Deb Hall
If you are a Marshfield resident, you may register in person at the City Clerk’s office up until the Friday before the election, which is Oct. 31, at 5 p.m., or you may register at the polls on Election Day. Voters must have resided at their address for at least 28 days by Election Day in order to register to vote.
Other information that is required to register
If you have been issued a Wisconsin driver license or Wisconsin DOT-issued ID that is current and valid, you must provide the number and expiration date. If your Wisconsin driver’s license is revoked, suspended, or expired, or if your Wisconsin DOT-issued ID is expired, provide its number and the last four digits of your social security number. If you have not been issued a Wisconsin driver’s license or Wisconsin DOT-issued ID, you must provide the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you have none of these documents, you will be able to indicate that.
You must always provide a proof of residence document when registering. All proof of residence documents must include the voter’s name and current residential address. You can use the following documents as proof of residence:
- A current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license or Wisconsin state identification card
- Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body
- Any identification card issued by an employer in the normal course of business that contains a photo of the card holder, excluding a business card
- A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election
- A university, college, or technical college identification card (must include photo) only if the voter provides a fee receipt dated within the last nine months or the institution provides a certified housing list to the municipal clerk
- A gas, electric, or telephone service statement (utility bill) for the period commencing no earlier than 90 days before Election Day
- Bank statement
- A check or other document issued by a unit of government
- An affidavit on public or private social service agency letterhead identifying a homeless voter and describing the individual’s residence for voting purposes
- Residential lease that is effective on date of registration (not valid if registering by mail)
You may present your Proof of Residence document as a hard copy, paper document, or an electronic document on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. An internet connection will not be provided for your use.
You can request an absentee ballot by mail, e-mail, or fax. The request must contain the date of the election, the address where you are registered at, the address where you want the ballot mailed to (if different than the registered address), and must be signed and dated.
The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot be mailed to you is Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. In-person absentee voting in the City Clerk’s office runs from Oct. 20-31. Office hours are from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
With questions contact City Clerk Deb Hall by phone at715-486-2023 or via email at Deb.Hall@ci.marshfield.wi.us.