Voter Resources

City of Kaukauna 2020 Election Information available here.

Wisconsin Voter Resources from the Wisconsin Elections Commision available here

IMPORTANT DATES

Election day is Tuesday, November 3rd. Polls will be open from 7:00am – 8:00pm. To find your polling place visit  https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/FindMyPollingPlace or contact your municipal clerk.

October 14th is the last day to register to vote by mail or online at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/. After October 14th, you must register to vote by visiting the Municipal Clerk’s office..

October 20th – Early Voting is Oct. 20 – 30 Contact your polling location for details.  City of Kaukauna residents find that here. Please bring your photo ID.

October 27th – Practical deadline for voters to return their mail absentee ballots. The US Postal Service recommends allowing one week for your completed absentee ballot to be delivered to their local Clerk’s office. After this date, voters should find other options for returning their absentee ballot, which include delivering it to the Clerk’s office or dropping it in the secure drop box in your community.

November 3rd – Election Day

 

REGISTER TO VOTE

Register to vote online at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/RegisterToVote, in person at your municipal clerk's office, or by mail from the clerk's office. 

OnlineTo register to vote online, voters need an unexpired Wisconsin Driver License or Wisconsin State ID Card.. You will need your Wisconsin Driver License or Wisconsin State ID Card Number in order to register to vote online. You will also need to match the name, date of birth, and address on file with the Wisconsin DMV in order to register to vote online. If a match cannot be made with the Wisconsin DMV, you will still be able to register to vote by printing, signing and mailing your registration form along with proof of residence to your municipal clerk.

Need to update your address with the Wisconsin DMV? You will need to have a current address on file with the Wisconsin DMV before you can register to vote online. Update your address with the Wisconsin DMV here.

If there is an upcoming local election in your area in less than 20 days, you will not be able to register to vote online. You will still be able to register to vote by printing, signing and delivering your registration form, along with proof of residence, to your municipal clerk or your polling place on Election Day.

Mail/Delivery: Eligible Wisconsin voters who do not have a current, valid Wisconsin Driver License or Wisconsin State ID Card may complete the voter registration form and mail or deliver their form to their Municipal clerk along with a proof of residence document.

If there is an upcoming local election in your area in less than 20 days, registration by mail is no longer available. You may deliver your registration form (with proof of residence) to your municipal clerk’s office by the Friday before the election, or you may bring it to your polling place on Election Day.

 

MAIL IN AND EARLY VOTING

There are several safe and secure ways to cast a vote in Wisconsin, including voting by absentee ballot. Voters can request an absentee ballot by mail and either mail in their completed ballot or drop it off at the Clerk’s office in-person before the election or on Election Day. Absentee ballots can also be dropped in the secure payment box in the parking lot of the MSB.

How to vote by absentee ballot this election (follow the steps below or click here for a detailed fact sheet):

  1. Make sure you’re registered to vote – https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/RegisterToVote
    -You’ll need to show proof of residenceVoters need to provide a proof of residence document when they register in person or by mail. Registering online? Your residence will be verified with DMV records.
  2. Request your absentee ballot – https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/VoteAbsentee
    -You may need to upload a picture of your valid photo ID. Using a smartphone can help.
  3. Fill out your absentee ballot – Your absentee ballot is the same as the paper ballots voters use in Wisconsin polling places.
    -Be sure to read the voter instructions sheet. Your vote must be witnessed by an adult U.S. citizen who isn’t an election candidate; your witness must sign the certificate envelope once it’s complete.
  4. Deliver your completed ballot – Absentee ballots must arrive by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted, so act early.
    -Mail it in with the preaddressed return certificate envelope. Postage has already been paid on these envelopes.
    -Deliver your completed ballot to our Clerk’s office at the MSB prior to election day.
    -Drop your completed ballot in our secure payment box in the MSB parking lot prior to election day.

To be counted, absentee ballots must be received by Election Day. The USPS suggests mailing your completed ballot at least one week before Election Day. For the November 3, 2020 General Election, that date would be October 27, 2020. After the election, voters can see that their vote was counted at myvote.wi.gov, once Wisconsin’s voter participation records have been published.

Early Voting will begin on Tuesday, October 20th and run through Friday, October 30th.  All early voters should contact their Municipal Clerk to find out where to vote early. Please bring your photo ID. If you are not yet registered to vote, please also bring a proof of residency (bank statement, rental agreement, credit card statement, utility bill, etc).

 

CANDIDATES AND BALLOTS

Registered voters can use MyVote Wisconsin to see their sample ballot. 

 

GOVERNMENT SITES

Outagamie County Elections– View information about where to vote, election results, and additional election information.

Wisconsin Elections Commission – A quick and easy way to find candidate filings, general election information, and to verify if you are registered to vote in Wisconsin. 

Federal Voting Assistance Program – Federal voting assistance for service members, their families, and overseas citizens. Provides access to election officials and voting assistance officers to help navigate the absentee voting process. 

Presidential Election Process Learn about the Presidential election process, including the Electoral College, caucuses and primaries, and the national conventions. The Federal Government has developed a glossary of common terms used during election seasons.  Perfect for new voters.

DEBATES

U.S. President

  • September 29, 2020 at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH)
  • October 15, 2020 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (Miami, Florida)
  • October 22, 2020 at Belmont University (Nashville, Tennessee)

U.S. Vice President

  • October 7, 2020 at The University of Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah)

U.S. Congress

Wisconsin State Legislature

County Offices

 

CAMPAIGN FINANCE DISCLOSURES

Federal Election Commission – Official United States Government website that tracks campaign finance and donations.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign – a tool for browsing political contributions in the state of Wisconsin

 

FACT CHECKING

Annenberg Political Fact Check – Designed to help voters by “monitoring the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.” Updated even when it is not election season. Includes information on special interest groups behind television ads.

Center for Public Integrity – A well documented investigative journalism organization and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 & 2017.

Newsguard -Browser extension that provides an easy way to evaluate websites. “Green-Red ratings compiled by a team of trained journalists signal if a website is trying to get it right, has a hidden agenda, or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda.”

Politifact – A fact-checking website founded by editors of Time Magazine and in conjunction with Congressional Quarterly.

 

GENERAL RESOURCES

BallotReady – A nonpartisan site that allows you to build your ballot by diving into every candidate and referendum on your ballot including candidate’s backgrounds, stances on issues, and experience.  BallotReady lets you “explore your ballot, make informed choices, and vote!”.  

BestColleges.com Student Voting Guide – A nonpartisan guide designed for college students. Includes a bipartisan key issues guide and voter registration information for each state.

ProCon.org – Pros and Cons of Current Issues – Feeling overwhelmed by all the issues being debated during the 2020 Presidential Election? Start here! ProCon.org is a nonprofit nonpartisan public charity that use professional researchers and rigorous editorial standards. 

Project Vote Smart – A nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office.

TurboVote – A tool that makes voting easy by sending text or email messages verifying voter registration status, reminders about important election deadlines, and polling place location. Developed by the nonpartisan group Democracy Works.

 

FOR KIDS & FAMILIES

It's never too early to learn about civic engagement.  Share these PBS videos with your little ones to learn about what voting is and why it's important.