Once voters are familiar with the basic tenets of political parties, they are able to learn about the issues at stake during the election; be it a presidential or city council election, candidates usually share their vision on their official website. Voters should review this information and consider how it aligns with their personal beliefs about how government should function.
Voter registration is not federally managed, meaning states and territories have unique requirements. Most states allow residents to register online, in person, or via a paper form, provided they are qualified to vote and meet the registration deadline. If a voter knows they won’t be in their state at the time of an election, they can fill out the Federal Postcard Application for absentee voting.
If you prefer to vote in person, you need to know a few things beforehand. Of course, you need to decide when you go and how you’ll get there. We recommend going earlier in the day. However, you will need to find your polling place first. To do this contact your local election office. Click below to find your polling location.
Are you a new voter and nervous about voting in your state? There is information on the voting machines used in your state, and you can bring a filled in voters’ guide with you into the booth! This short video goes over the basic requirements for voting in the U.S., what to bring and explains why it’s important to know your state’s specific rules for voting.
How to Volunteer to Be A Poll Worker
Wisconsin is looking for citizens to serve as poll workers for the November 3, 2020 election. Many of our veteran poll workers have to sit this one out, so we need younger citizens to step up! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic many Wisconsin cities, towns and villages are looking for extra volunteers to assist with running the election.
To be a poll worker, a person must:
- Be a qualified elector of the county in which the municipality is located (i.e., an adult citizen of the United States who has resided in the election district for 28 consecutive days and is not otherwise disqualified to vote)
- Be able to read and write fluently in the English language
- NOT be a candidate for any office to be voted on at the polling place at that election.
Poll workers do everything from check-in voters, help people register to vote, check photo IDs and process absentee ballots. Your local clerk will provide you with training prior to election day for the job you will be doing. This is a great opportunity for high school and college students to get involved with the democratic process!
Absentee & Early Voting
You may be eligible to vote prior to the election as an absentee or early voter. State laws vary greatly, so be sure to pay attention to the information provided by your election officials, or contact your local election office for help.
Your state may require you to have a valid excuse to vote absentee. Acceptable excuses vary by state. Most include:
- Being unable to get to your polling place due to illness, injury, or disability.
- Being on business travel or vacation outside of your county or city of residence on Election Day
- Being a student at an out-of-state college or university
For information about absentee and/or early voting where you live, click the button below.
New Voter Mini Guide
Day-Of Voting Problems
866-OUR-VOTE is a nationwide, free, hotline staffed by trained legal volunteers to help you deal with election day challenges. If you can’t resolve the issue, call 866-OUR-VOTE to see if there are other steps that can be taken. If you are able to resolve your issue, congrats! Call 866-OUR-VOTE anyway. Your call is a data point that voting rights advocates can use to try and address the problem you experienced on a more systematic basis after election day. Let folks who prefer a language other than English know that they can get help, too: Spanish: 888-VE-Y-VOTA; Arabic: 844-YALLA-US; Asian & Pacific languages: 888-API-VOTE; American Sign Language video: 301-818-VOTE; Text “OUR VOTE” to 97779.
Voting for Marquette Students
Calling all Marquette students! Click on the link below for for a complete list of campus resources, voting information, and frequently asked questions!
“Suffrage is a common right of citizenship. Women have the right of suffrage.”