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You don’t necessarily need an ID to vote in Milwaukee today, but there’s a catch

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Depending on your situation, you can request a provisional ballot

There are some reports today that some voters have been turned away because they don’t have an ID. But there are some situations in which you can vote without an ID — by requesting a provisional ballot.

According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, there are three situations in which you can request a provisional ballot:

  1. A qualified elector who has been issued a current and valid Wisconsin driver license or identification card number registers to vote at a polling place on election day, but is unable or unwilling to list the number on the registration;
  2. A first-time Wisconsin voter who registered by mail before April 4, 2014 but did not provide an identifying document establishing proof of residence at the time he or she submitted the registration form and is unable to provide the required proof of residence at the polling place.
  3. A registered voter is unable or unwilling to provide proof of identification.

Provisional ballots are NOT given when a voter is at the wrong polling place.  In these cases, he or she will be directed to the proper location.

Provisional ballots also are NOT given when a person is attempting to register in-person at the polling place and does not provide the required proof of residence.

A provisional ballot will not be counted unless the voter provides the required information to the poll workers by 8 p.m. on Election Day or the municipal clerk by 4 p.m. of the Friday following the election.

Read more below.

From the Provisional Voting Information Sheet:

If you need to provide your Wisconsin driver license or identification card number, you may contact the municipal clerk using the information below no later than 4 p.m. Friday.

If you need to provide proof of residence, you must provide it (or a copy) to the municipal clerk no later than 4 p.m. Friday. Check below for acceptable forms of proof of residence.

If you need to present an acceptable proof of identification, you must present your proof of identification to the municipal clerk no later than 4 p.m. Friday. Check below for acceptable forms of proof of identification below.

If you had any issues voting, let us know by texting ELECTIONLAND to 69866. Issues can include voter intimidation, long wait times, voting machine problems, etc. You can also tweet any issues using the hashtag #Electionland.  Or you can use this form.

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