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Voter Registration

Every citizen of the United States of America age 18 or older who has resided in an election district where the citizen desires to vote for 28 days before any election and who has not been convicted of a felony is an eligible elector. The federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 requires any person registering to vote to supply their Wisconsin Department of Transportation issued Driver's License number and expiration date.  If you have been issued a Wisconsin Driver’s License that is currently revoked, suspended or expired or a Wisconsin Department of Transportation issued Identification that is expired, please provide the number and the last four (4) digits of your Social Security number. If you have not been issued a Wisconsin Driver’s License or Wisconsin Department of Transportation issued Identification, you must provide the last four (4) digits of your Social Security number. If the elector does not have a current, valid Wisconsin Driver’s License, Wisconsin State Identification card, or Social Security Number, the applicant may indicate this by filling in the appropriate circle on the registration form. If you are registering to vote on Election Day and have been issued a Wisconsin Driver’s License, but are unable to unwilling to provide the number, your vote will not be counted unless you provide the number to the election inspectors by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day or to your municipal clerk by 4:00 p.m. on the Friday following Election Day. The elector must also answer the following questions: 

    1. Are you a citizen of the United States of America? 

     2. Will you be 18 years of age on or before the election? 

The registration cannot be processed until the elector answers these questions. 


Proof of Residence

When registering to vote Wisconsin Act 182 requires Proof of Residence on all Voter Registration Applications (GAB-131) this provision does not apply to military of permanently overseas voters but proof of residence is always required of all other registering voters under the new law. 

The following constitutes acceptable Proof of Residence if the document contains your current name and address and is valid on Election Day (unless otherwise indicated):
 
        Proof of Residence documents may be shown either by paper or 
        electronically to the Election Official.

  1. a current and valid Wisconsin driver's license or identification card
  2. any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit.  
  3. any identification card issued by an employer in the normal course of business and bearing a photo of the card holder, but not including a business card
  4. a real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election
  5. A university, college, or technical college identification card (must include photo) ONLY if the voter provides a fee receipt dated within the last nine (9) months or the institution provides a certified housing list the municipal clerk.
  6. A gas, electric, or telephone service statement (utility bill) for the period commencing no earlier than 90 days before Election Day.
  7. Bank Statement.
  8. Paycheck.
  9. A check or other document issued by a unit of government. List of Possible Proof of Residence Documents
  10. An affidavit on public or private social service agency letterhead identifying a homeless voter and describing the individual’s residence for voting purposes.
  11. Residential lease that is effective on date of registration.  (Not valid if registering my mail.)

How to Register to Vote
In Person: Register in the municipal Clerk's Office up to 5 p.m. or the close of business whichever is later on the Friday before the election. Acceptable Proof of Residence is required.

By Mail: The Voter Registration Application is available online GAB-131. Electors must provide a copy of acceptable Proof of Residence document when mailing application to the Clerk’s Office. Applications submitted by mail that are not accompanied by a Proof of Residence document will not be processed. The application must be postmarked no later than the 20th day (3rd Wednesday) before the election. 
 
Click & Mail:  My Vote WI Click and Mail.  Electors must provide a copy of acceptable Proof of Residence document to the Clerk’s Office when registering by mail.  Applications submitted through My Vote Wisconsin that are not accompanied by a Proof of Residence document will not be processed.

At Your Polling Place on Election Day: If you wish to register to vote at your polling place, you must bring acceptable Proof of Residence (paper or electronic proof of residence is acceptable) that you reside at your present location.

Please Note: Proof of Residence is required for voter registration and must be current and valid. The purpose of the proof of residence document is to establish the voter’s current address, not to prove that the voter complies with the 28 consecutive day residence requirement. The voter’s sworn statement on the registration form that they meet the 28-day requirement shall be presumed to be true unless the inspector or a challenger has first-hand knowledge sufficient to question the certification.

Updating Your Voter Registration
If you move your residence or change your name, you are required to update your voter registration information. This is done by filling out form GAB-131 and sending it to your local municipal clerk's office. Please note you must submit acceptable proof of residence with your application.

Public Information and Confidentiality
Information in your voter registration record, except your date of birth, driver license number, the last four digits of your Social Security Number, and any special accommodation needs for persons with disabilities, are considered public information in Wisconsin. Act 182 requires that the identifying number recorded on the GAB-131 be restricted to the last four digits if the full number contains more than six digits or the last two digits if the full number is six or fewer digits.  Voters may cross off or redact the extraneous digits before submitting their Proof of Residence document.

Wisconsin Statewide Voter Registration System
The City of West Allis is now using the Wisconsin Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS). SVRS is an integrated information system that creates one, consolidated voter list for Wisconsin. SVRS is a comprehensive solution that collects and manages voter registration, absentee ballot requests, poll lists, voting jurisdictions/districts, and other information needed to administer elections. SVRS serves all Wisconsin municipalities and helps the State address the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and other legislative requirements. Wisconsin's SVRS will make getting voting information easier for citizens and managing elections more comprehensive for election officials. The new system was required by the Help American Vote Act of 2002, passed by Congress following the 2000 U.S. Presidential Elections. For voters, My Vote WI, allows individuals to register, check their registration, see where they can vote, and check which offices and candidates are on the upcoming ballot for their areas.

Wisconsin's system of local control of elections makes creation and maintenance of such a system quite a challenge because every municipality is responsible for its own elections. That means that more than 1800 local officials contribute information to the system. For more information about Wisconsin's voter registration system and election procedures, contact the City Clerk's Office
at 414-302-8200 or the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. [Wisconsin Government Accountability Board website >>]


Accessible Voting Equipment
We are pleased to announce use of the ES&S AutoMARK. One of the requirements of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 is to provide a voting system that allows for privacy and independence in the voting process for all voters and to increase accessibility and participation to individuals with a full range of disabilities which include, but are not limited to, visual, hearing, mobility or dexterity disabilities. The breakthrough ES&S AutoMARK is a ballot marking system that allows voters to use the device to mark a ballot that is then returned to the voter for insertion into the optical scan tabulator. As we move towards greater access to voting for all, this technology will make it easier for voters with disabilities to participate in the democratic process - privately and independently.


Office of the City Clerk
City Hall, Room 108-110
(414) 302-8200
(414) 302-8207 fax 

City Clerk
Monica Schultz  

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West Allis City Hall
7525 W. Greenfield Ave
West Allis, WI 53214
(414) 302-8200
8:00 am - 5:00 pm M-F
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