How to vote for Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has open primaries

Wisconsinites can vote for Bernie Sanders regardless of their registered party

How to participate in Wisconsin primaries:

Register By

April 1 (Friday)

Get registered to vote by: April 1, 2016

Same-Day Registration Wisconsin has Same-Day Registration on April 5

Primary On

April 5 (Tuesday)

Wisconsin Primary: April 5, 2016

Note: Wisconsin allows registration at the polling place with proof of at least 28 days residency.

Wisconsin Voter Information

Get Registered

Good news! Because Wisconsin has open primaries, you can vote for Bernie regardless of your registered party. If you want to vote for Bernie, get registered to vote!

Get registered to vote now!

Wisconsin has Same-Day Registration which allows you to register to vote at the primaries on April 5, 2016

Not sure if you are registered, or what you're registered as? Check your current registration status online.

Go Vote!

Polls will be open 7am- 8pm.

To find your polling place you must complete a Voter Search or Address Search first in order for this option to appear. Click “Regular Voter” to begin the process Voter Search & Address Search

Need a ride to the polls? Will be providing FREE rides to the polls in certain locations!
Call 608-242-2000 to request a ride! Here is a list of areas they will provide rides to:

  • Madison
  • Sun Prairie
  • Middleton
  • Monona
  • Shorewood
  • Town of Madison
  • Town of Blooming Grove (Segments within Madison)
  • Town of Burke (Segments within Madison)
  • Maple Bluff
  • Fitchburg (North of Lacy Rd)

More info can be found here

Southwest Community Action Program LIFT Program can give you a volunteer driver ride to get an ID or to the polls.

The 18 county New Freedom Transportation Program operated by the Center for Independent Living of Western Wisconsin and North Country Independent Living offers a ride to get an ID or to the polls in the western and northwest counties.

Transit systems in Janesville and Beloit all run routes that can get you to the DMV.

Kenosha Transit provides rides to the polls until 7:30 pm on election day.

Many aging units/ADRCs provide rides for the purpose of exercising your civic duty.

If you don’t know how to access these services, the Mobility Manager can help you.
Not sure who to contact? Use the interactive map at

Contact the Mobility Manager in your area to get information and find out if these rides are offered in your area.

Not registered yet? Wisconsin has Same-day Registration! You can also register at the primary on April 5th by providing proof that you’ve been a resident of Wisconsin for at 28 days or longer

If you are unable to make it into your polling place due to a disability, curbside voting from your car is also available. Please contact your local municipal clerk for details.



Id Requirement

Wisconsin has a new voter ID law, and a website at to help you with all Identification issues!


Out of state college students in WI that are using a College ID, must also bring a tuition bill, minimum 28 days to maximum 9 months old to prove ID and residency. This is mostly for dormitory students.
In state college students: If you are not in a dorm, you can use your Driver’s License, if from WI, with proof of residency such as a utility bill.

Voter Workplace Protection

Employees are entitled to up to 3 hours leave to vote. The employee must request leave before Election Day. Pay can be deducted for time lost. The employer can set the time for leave to vote.


To vote in the Wisconsin Primary you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a United State citizen.
  • Have lived in the area for 28 days before the election with no intent of moving.
  • See full list

Early Voting

Vote Early in Wisconsin! Wisconsinites can vote in-person before election day! If you'll be out of town on April 5 or simply find it more convenient, vote early!

Early voting in Wisconsin begins March 21 and ends on April 1.

Two ways to participate in Early Voting:

  1. Head over to your local municipal clerk’s office
  2. Request, complete, and mail an absentee ballot. Make sure it’s postmarked by March 31st at 5PM or it won’t be counted!

College Students

If you are a college student not living in your home state, you can vote for Bernie in either your home state or in the state in which you are attending school!

Military/Overseas Voters

If you are a Military Voter or a US Citizen living abroad, you are able to request a ballot here to vote for Bernie.

More Information

If you have any questions about voting in Wisconsin you may contact your state official elections office or Democratic party.

Find local Bernie supporters and get help from /r/Wisconsin4sanders

Will you help Bernie win?

"I've said it since day one: I can't do it alone." - Bernie Sanders

This grassroots campaign depends on grassroots support like you! There are many opportunities to help out Bernie's campaign right now, and if you want more, sign up as a volunteer with the official campaign.

Many of us don't have much time for volunteer work, and if you're not able to volunteer but still want Bernie to win:

Donate to the Bernie Sanders Campaign

Phone Bank for Bernie

Phonebanking is the single most important thing you can do for the campaign besides voting. Primaries are here, and we need to be calling people and letting them know about how to vote in their state. Don't be scared! I hear from many people that it's daunting to call strangers on the phone, but you will have a script to read and the typical call length is very short.

Start Phonebanking for Bernie!

Attend or host a local event

Phone Banking, Canvassing, Voter Registration Drives, Carpools -- these are just a few of the volunteer-hosted events popping up around the nation in support of Bernie Sanders, and some probably in your city!

Find a local event to attend

If you can't find any events nearby, you should host your own — I've done it several times and it's been a great experience meeting local Bernie supporters!