Registration has become an issue as of 2018 for Wisconsin residents.
Every four years, the state voter registration rolls erase those without an active voting history, current addresses, or whom have died. Despite the best intentions of the policy, this year’s purge removed around 80,000 names, some mistakenly due to incorrect data, resulting in a need to make registration awareness more prominent.
So, in accordance with the Mayor’s Office and the Milwaukee Election Commission, the registration kiosks were introduced to all branches of the Milwaukee Public Library system on May 21. Every library has staff available to assist with the registration process.
According to CBS 58, Mayor Tom Barrett says some residents lack the required resources to register explaining why only 57 percent of eligible voters are currently registered.
“The people that are most likely affected by the changes in the state laws are also the people least likely to have access to steady internet. That’s where the library comes in,” said Mayor Barrett.
Of the 437,000 eligible voters, a mere 250,500 are registered, as stated by the mayor. The voter kiosks intend to raise this number by a minimum of 25,000 voters, preparing them to cast their ballot on election days.
Kiosk users will also be able to check voter information and update the address listed on their driver’s license via access to the Department of Motor Vehicle website. This is important to note for those who still wish to register and have moved to a new address not reflected on their license or state ID.
Spreading the word is the first step to invoking change and giving yourself and others a voice in political matters. Thus, the city is also working to encourage and promote accurate registration and voting by partnering with various local community organizations through a program called Adopt-A-Voting Site.
Officially, Wisconsin’s statewide 2018 Partisan Primary will occur on Tuesday, Aug.14, and the Fall General Election will follow on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The Aug. Primary will allow the people to narrow the field of candidates per position in their chosen party ballot for the Nov. General Election. The offices on both ballots include Governor, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, off-numbered Wisconsin State Senate seats and all Wisconsin Assembly seats.
See more information regarding the Fall General Election here.
Other ways to register to vote
While the library kiosks are aimed to ease online registration via in-person convenience and human aidence, you may also register online at MyVote.
Your address at the DMV must be updated first on their website.
2. By Mail
Download and print the Voter Registration Application. Once complete, mail the application with copies of your proof of residence to:
City of Milwaukee Election Commission
200 East Wells, Room 501
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Postmark 20 days before election day.
3. City Hall
The office of the Election Commission, Room 501, City Hall, 200 East Wells.
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
4. Register at your voting site on Election Day
Find your voting site via your home address.
Registration by online, mail, and at Milwaukee Public Libraries ends 20 days prior to each election (or the third Wednesday before each election).
Proof of Residence
All voters must provide what is known as proof of residence as part of the voter registration application to indicate that you are in fact a Milwaukee resident.
Proof of residence must all be current, complete, and valid with your current/complete name and Wisconsin residential address. Acceptable documents include your Wisconsin driver’s license, ID card, real estate tax bill, bank statement, paycheck, etc. Find a full list here.
Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law
Photo ID is not necessary for registration, but it is necessary to cast a ballot on Election Day. Bring your photo ID to the polls; without a photo ID, you cannot vote.
Examples of valid voter ID include a Wisconsin driver license, ID card or other DMV-issued document, voters can also use military and veteran’s IDs, some student IDs, tribal IDs, or a certificate of naturalization. The full list is available at www.bringit.wi.gov.
If you are still in need of a voter photo ID, the DMV will provide you with one for free. Just bring an identifying document (i.e. birth certificate) and proof of current address to obtain ID.
You may possibly understand the registration process, but if you are still unsure whether you eligible to vote, read this.
Here at 88Nine, we are advocates for urging eligible voters to register and/or call (414) 286-CITY (2489) to check your registration status (and then vote).
You may have already seen that this previously boarded up corner tavern has recently gotten a colorful facelift by muralist Stacey Williams-Ng. The wrap-around painting is a tribute to the women of the food movement in Milwaukee. It’s also one of the first signs of life in the new Victory Garden Initiative headquarters.
The former Schlitz tied house is located across the street from the nonprofit’s community garden space. It has been used for storage in recent years.
Once the project is complete, it will reopen as a community hub, providing urban agriculture education and an on-site cafe with offerings from the garden. The upper level will be used for the organization’s offices.
A grand opening is planned for this fall.
Click the player above to learn more about the project and the history of the building in this week’s episode of Urban Spelunking with OnMilwaukee’s Bobby Tanzilo.
Not only is the Summerfest shuttle a better alternative to driving to the grounds, it’s also a fun way to get amped up for your favorite bands! The shuttles provide drinks, music and cheerful energy shared among fellow fest lovers. Shuttle locations extend as far as Wauwatosa and as close as the East Side, Walker’s Point, Bay View and downtown Milwaukee – and they’re free!
Listen above to hear the Steny’s bus driver describe a day in the life of a Summerfest shuttle driver.
And, here’s your guide to catching one of these party busses.
120 W. National Ave., Milwaukee WI
338 S 1st St., Milwaukee WI
800 S 2nd St., Milwaukee WI
1753 S Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee WI
3585 S Howell Ave., Milwaukee WI
2155 S Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee WI
District 14 Brewery & Pub
2273 S Howell Ave., Milwaukee WI
Frank’s Power Plant
2800 S Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee WI
2322 S Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee WI
939 E Conway St., Milwaukee WI
2422 S Howell Ave., Milwaukee WI
1503 E Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee WI
2335 S Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee WI
Urban Bay View
2301 S Logan Ave., Milwaukee WI
Caffrey’s Pub / Murphy’s Irish Pub
717 N 16th St., Milwaukee WI
525 E Menomonee St., Milwaukee WI
Flannery’s Bar & Restaurant
425 E Wells St., Milwaukee WI
Harp Irish Pub
113 E Juneau Ave., Milwaukee WI
Trinity Three Irish Pubs
125 E Juneau Ave., Milwaukee WI
McGillycuddy’s Bar and Grill
1135 N Water St., Milwaukee WI
Miller Time Pub and Grill
509 W Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee WI
Milwaukee Brat House
1013 N Old World 3rd St., Milwaukee
Milwaukee Ale House
233 N Water St., Milwaukee WI
Mo’s Irish Pub
142 W Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee WI
Red Rock Saloon
1227 N Water St., Milwaukee WI
1125 N Old World 3rd St., Milwaukee WI
Who’s on Third
1007 N Old World 3rd St., Milwaukee WI
Hooligan’s Super Bar
2017 E North Ave., Milwaukee WI
1832 E North Ave., Milwaukee WI
Stubby’s Gastrogrub & Beer Bar
2060 N Humboldt Blvd. #1, Milwaukee WI
Jack’s American Pub
1323 E Brady St., Milwaukee WI
1701 N Arlington Pl., Milwaukee WI
Malone’s on Brady
1329 E Brady St., Milwaukee WI
Nomad World Pub
1401 E Brady St., Milwaukee WI
4044 N Oakland Ave., Milwaukee WI
Brass Monkey 2
700 E Layton Ave., Milwaukee WI
Gingerz Sports Pub and Grill
3915 S Howell Ave., Milwaukee WI
Jersey Pub and Grill
4024 S Howell Ave., Milwaukee WI
4102 S Kinnickinnic Ave., St. Francis, WI
4840 S Whitnall Ave., Cudahy WI
On the Clock Bar and Grill
4301 S Howell Ave., Milwaukee WI
2245 E St. Francis Ave., St. Francis WI
3118 S Chase Ave., Milwaukee WI
922 Milwaukee Ave., South Milwaukee WI
6600 W North Ave., Milwaukee WI
Spitfires on State
5018 W State St., Milwaukee WI
West Allis / West Side
2308 W Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee WI
11904 W Greenfield Ave., West Allis WI
The Brass Tap
7808 W Layton Ave., Greenfield WI
8423 W Greenfield Ave., Milwaukee WI
8031 W Greenfield Ave., West Allis WI