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A Parent’s Guide to Voter Registration

Photo of Bucky Badger in front of a large "VOTE" sign, wearing his "Rock the Vote" shirt.

The City Clerk’s Office frequently receives calls from parents asking how their students can register to vote. Students may vote based on a home address or a campus address; it’s up to each student to decide which address is his or her residence for voting purposes. The office strongly recommends that students register early (more than 20 days before an election). Doing so saves time at the polls on Election Day and eliminates the need to provide proof of address.

Updating a Wisconsin voter registration
Students who previously registered to vote elsewhere in Wisconsin may find it convenient to update their registration by mail. They can do so by visiting Wisconsin’s My Vote website (, and printing, signing, and mailing not faxing or sending via e-mail) the required form to City Clerk, 210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd #103, Madison, WI  53703.

Registering in Wisconsin for the first time
Students who have not previously registered to vote in Wisconsin may use to register by mail, but are required to provide proof of address. Any UW–Madison document that shows the student’s name and campus address is acceptable.

Verifying voter registration
Wisconsin’s My Vote website,, allows you to verify a voter’s registration status by entering a name and date of birth. This website also provides polling location information, sample ballots, and up-to-date information about the voting process.

If you have a question that isn’t answered on the My Vote website, contact the City Clerk’s Office at or 608-266-4601.