How and Where to Vote

information about voter ID requirements and where to vote

Voter ID Requirements

(this information is taken from an article in The Northwestern)

The state's voter identification law will be in effect for primary and general elections this year. Although the law was official last year, it wasn't in place for the spring 2015 elections because of the short time between the law passage and Election Day.

Now, anyone who wants to vote this spring must have a photo identification with them.

There are two elections coming up — the Feb. 16 primary, which includes a state Supreme Court primary and local government primaries, and the April 5 spring elections, which includes local government races and the presidential preference primary.

Here's how to make sure you have the right ID to vote:

  • No special "voter ID cards" exist. The law did not create new IDs, but required that existing photo IDs be used to vote
  • A Wisconsin DOT-issued driver's license or ID card, military ID card or a United States passport are accepted for voting
  • Revoked or suspended driver's licenses are acceptable
  • Expired driver's licenses are acceptable only if they expired after the last general election, from Nov. 4, 2014
  • Student ID cards from a Wisconsin university or college must have an issue date, signature of student and an expiration date no later than two years after the issue date to be accepted. Students must also have documentation, like a tuition bill, to prove they are enrolled in higher education
  • The address on the ID does not have to be a current address. However, you should bring a bank statement, pay stub, hunting or fishing license, or a utility bill to prove your residency if your current address and the address on the ID do not match
  • If you need a photo ID, free ID cards are available. Head to your local Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office and bring an original birth certificate, Social Security card, a utility or cell phone bill to get your free ID.

A good website for more information is, which is dedicated to helping Wisconsinites comply with the voter ID law. It can also give you info on DMV offices in your area if you need to get an updated driver's license or free ID card.

Where to Vote

For full information about voting in Oshkosh, see the City's elections web page

Voter Photo ID Required
The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the photo ID provisions of 2011 Wisconsin Act 23. A photo ID is now required to receive a ballot in all special and regular elections.

*REMINDER - If you have not registered at your current address, save yourself some time on Election Day - REGISTER EARLY!!! 

Voting Locations

Voting Map
Polling Places are open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Click here to find your Voting Location.

If unable to locate a street, it is necessary to call the Clerk’s office at (920) 236-5011.

Your polling place on Election Day - Sample Ballots

Click here for a list of polling places and a sample ballot for each ward.


Application for Voter Registration

  • Clerk’s Office City Hall, Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

BY MAIL: Download the Application for Voter Registration, complete the form and mail it to your City clerk's office – it must be postmarked at least 20 days before the election, you will need to include a photocopy of proof of residence which has your complete name, current address and is valid

IN PERSON: Register in the municipal clerk's office up to the Friday before the election. Proof of residency is required when registering. You must have lived at your present location for 28 days preceding the election.

AT THE POLLING PLACE ON ELECTION DAY: If you wish to register to vote at your polling place, you must bring proof that you have lived at your present location for 28 days preceding the election For purposes of voter registration, a form of identification constitutes acceptable proof of residence if it includes your current name and current City of Oshkosh address.

Forms of identification which constitute acceptable proof of residence, when they contain the information specified above, include the following:

  • A Wisconsin motor vehicle operator's license or Wisconsin identification card

  • Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit or by an employer in the normal course of business, but not including a business card.

  • A check-cashing or courtesy card issued by a merchant in the normal course of business.

  • A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election.

  • A residential lease which is effective for a period that includes election day.

  • A university, college or technical institute fee card.

  • A university, college or technical institute identification card.

  • A gas, electric or telephone service statement for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before election day.



IN PERSON: You may request and mark an absentee ballot in person at the City Clerk's Office. Absentee voting in the City Clerk's Office is restricted to the two weeks prior to an election. The deadline is the close of business on the Friday before the election. Also absentee voters in the City Clerk's Office must present the same type of photo ID required at the polls. Acceptable forms of photo ID can be found below.

BY MAIL: Download the Application for an Absentee Ballot, please include a photocopy of your photo identification when requesting an absentee by mail – The request must be received before 5:00p.m. the Thursday before the election.

Mail Absentee Ballot Applications to:
City of Oshkosh
City Clerk's Office
PO Box 1130
Oshkosh WI 54903


Application for Absentee Ballot

*All permanent (indefinitely confined), nursing home and military voters are exempt from this requirement.

  • A Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license OR a Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card

  • An identification card issued by a U.S. uniformed service

  • A U.S. passport (Identifications above must be unexpired, or if expired, have expired after the date of the most recent general election.)

  • A certificate of naturalization that was issued not earlier than two years before the date of an election at which it is presented.

  • An unexpired driving receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT.

  • An unexpired identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT.

  • An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin.

  • An unexpired identification card issued by a Wisconsin-accredited university or college that contains the date of issuance, signature of student, expiration date not later than two years after Date of Issuance.

Outstanding absentee and provisional ballots.