National Voter Registration

Voting in your local, state and national elections is an opportunity to let your voice be heard. 60% of voters are never asked to register. Consider this your invitation to learn more about how to register. (You can even partake in National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 17, 2024.) Below you’ll also find a timeline of 2024 elections, how to access nonpartisan information about candidates, and more.

Are you registered to vote?

  • Yes
  • No
  • I Don’t Know
  • Students have a choice about where to register to vote. Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered (or register at) their permanent/home address. Note you may only be registered and vote in one location.

I’m registered. Now what?

  • Review the list of dates and details in the bottom portion of this page.
  • Review this voting guide for what you’ll need on election day.
  • Find out what’s on your ballot.
    • Wisconsin residents can visit myvote.wi.gov to find out what’s on their local ballot. Ballots are typically available 47 days before an election with federal contests and 21 days before state and local contests.
    • Residents of any state can also view ballot information via BallotPedia.org.
  • Educate yourself about candidates and issues. (See below for nonpartisan ways to learn more.)
  • Vote!

Where do I go to vote?

  • For In-Person Voting
    • Connect to myvote.wi.gov.
    • Click on “Where Do I Vote?”
    • Enter your address information.
    • Polls are open 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. – Remember to bring your ID.
  • For Absentee Voting
    • Connect to myvote.wi.gov.
    • Click on “Vote Absentee By Mail”
    • Follow the instructions.

Note: If you have moved or legally changed your name since the last time you voted, you are required to updated your voter registration. To do so, complete the Application for Voter Registration and send it to your municipal clerk’s office along with a copy of your ID and proof of residency (such as a utility bill) before the deadline. Or  bring the application and your ID with you on Election Day.

Learn About Candidates

When learning about candidate, it is important to review nonpartisan information. Nonpartisan is unbiased information, meaning it is not slanted to any specific political party (e.g. Democratic, Republican, Independent)

How do I learn about local candidates?

  • Check local newspapers, review candidate’s websites (if applicable), review social media profiles/postings, talk with local community members, attend public board meetings/hearings.

How do I learn about state/national candidates?

  • Check out the 2024 Wisconsin US Senate Voter Guide to learn more about each of the candidates for US Senate.
  • To prepare for voting for the House of Representatives, first find out your Congressional District based on your zip code. Then, review the 2024 US House of Representative Elections information.
  • As you plan for the presidential election, determine which candidates share your views on important issues such as Federal minimum wage, same sex marriage, gun control, illegal immigrants, vaccines and student loans. See where the candidates stand on these issues and more by taking a quiz to see whose ideals align most closely with your own. Check out www.ISideWith.com.

Dates & Details

Primaries are elections that political parties use to select candidates for general election. Then each party’s candidates run against each other in the general election.

Spring Primary: Tuesday, February 20, 2024

  • Votes from this election narrow down candidates for local, nonpartisan positions such as school board members, county supervisors, and city alders. Candidates who advance will face off in the April 2 election. There are no presidential candidates included in this primary election.
  • Voter Registration Deadlines:
    • Online: Wednesday, January 31
    • By Mail: Postmarked by Wednesday, January 31
    • Municipal Clerk’s Office: Friday, February 16 by 5:00 p.m.
    • You can also register directly at the polls on Election Day

Spring Election & Presidential Preference Vote: Tuesday, April 2, 2024

  • This ballot includes candidates for nonpartisan offices. In Wisconsin this includes judges, county executives and supervisors, school board members, and elective town, village, and city offices.
  • This  ballot also includes presidential preference. Voters indicate a preference for a particular candidate to be a party’s nominee for the presidency. This is not a direct election; voters do not select the party’s nominee directly. They vote for a particular candidate. Based on the results, state parties award delegates according to the party’s system of delegate allocation. These delegates then vote to formally select a candidate as the presidential nominee at the party’s national convention.
    • 2024 Democratic National Convention: TBA, likely held in mid to late August
    • 2024 Republican National Convention: July 15-28 in Milwaukee, WI

Partisan Primary: Tuesday, August 13, 2024

  • This primary is held to select candidates for the November ballot, which includes partisan offices like senators and representatives in Congress and the state Capitol. There are no presidential candidates included in this primary election.
  • Wisconsin has open primaries. Voters do not register with a party in order to vote in the primary election. They simply choose which party’s primary to vote in when completing the ballot. When completing the ballot, fill in the oval next to your party of choice and then only vote for candidates in that party.

General Election including President: Tuesday, November 5, 2024

  • This is the 2024 United States election. Voters will decide the next president and vice president.
  • Additionally, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 34 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be contested to determine the membership of the 119th US Congress.