How to Register to Vote

If you want to vote, you have to register first! Here’s how:

I’ve already registered before. Am I OK?

Maybe. If you haven’t moved addresses in Madison since you last voted, then you are all good to go. If you’ve moved addresses in Madison since you last voted (even just moving to a new unit in the same building), then you have to re-register.

How do I register?

Here are five ways to register:

Through Oct. 18, you can register by mail. Click here and follow the directions.

Through Oct. 18
, you’ll find a lot of registration drives around campus. Here are some of the scheduled registration opportunities:

Mondays: Memorial Library 7  p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tuesdays: Gordon Dining & Event Center  5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesdays: College Library 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursdays: Dejope Hall: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Through Nov. 4
, you can register at the City Clerk’s Office (just off the Capitol Square).

From Oct. 24 – Nov. 4
, you have the opportunity to vote early at two locations on campus. You can also register to vote when you cast your ballot early:

Student Activity Center: Daily, 10am – 4pm
Union South: Monday-Friday, 10am – 6pm

On Election Day
, you can register at your polling location before you cast your vote. But registration lines will be long on Election Day, so we really, really encourage you to register before if you can.


What do I need to register?

You need to prove you live at your current Madison address, and you need to bring that proof with you when you register. One of the easiest options for UW-Madison students will be the Voter Enrollment Verification Letter (just make sure to update your address in your Student Center online).

To see the full list of accepted documents, go to Click on “Registration” and scroll down to “Acceptable Proofs of Current Address for Registering.”