League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Rapids Area

Sustaining our democratic society since 1970

Voting Information

Election Dates

For the city of Wisconsin Rapids, elections for mayor, clerk, treasurer, city attorney, municipal judge, and alderpersons from even-numbered wards are held the first Tuesday in April of even numbered years. School district, county, and state nonpartisan offices are also elected then. Elections for alderpersons from odd numbered wards are held the first Tuesday in April of odd-numbered years.

A primary election is held the third Tuesday in February if necessitated by the number of candidates for an office in spring elections. Presidential Preference Elections are also held at this time in presidential election years.

Partisan elections are held Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

Villages and townships in the Wisconsin Rapids Area elect officials on these same dates.

When nearing an election, it would be a good idea to check our Coming Events page for upcoming League Candidate Forums and other election related events. Detailed and updated information on state and national elections can also be obtained from the Vote 411.org site. Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October of 2006. It provides a "one stop shop" for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state specific information. Another excellent source of information about candidates and issues is Wisconsin Pubic Television and Wisconsin Public Radio.

Qualifications for Voting

To be eligible to vote in Wisconsin you must be:

  1. A U.S. citizen.
  2. 18 years or older on Election Day.
  3. A resident of Wisconsin at least 28 days before the election.
  4. Registered to vote or are registering on Election Day.

You are ineligible to vote in Wisconsin if you:

  1. Have already voted in the election.
  2. Are still required to report to a probation or parole officer because of a felony conviction.
  3. Have been ruled incapable of voting by a judge.
  4. Have made or become interested, directly or indirectly, in any bet or wager depending upon the result of the election.

Voter Registration

Voter Registration is a simple and straight forward process requiring very little time and effort. It is the privilege and duty of every qualified citizen to register and vote. One of the primary functions of the League of Women Voters is to encourage and facilitate this important aspect of good citizenship. We'll gladly help and assist you in any way we can. Drop us an e-mail at lwvwra@lwvwra.org

Perhaps the simplest and most straightforward way to register is to contact your city, town or village clerk and register with them. If you are in doubt about how to contact your town or village clerk, check with the county clerk to obtain that information. Registration can be done at any time throughout the year. It can even be done at the polling places at the time of an election, although it is usually more convenient to do it early.

You will need to supply some form of identification during registration.

Absentee Ballots

Absentee ballots are available at your city, town or village clerk's office. Application for such ballots must be in writing and can be obtained directly from the clerk or by mail prior to an election. They may be used if you will not be able to go to your polling place to cast your vote on election day.

Where to Vote

There are two polling places in the city of Wisconsin Rapids. Residents of Wards 1-10 and 22-23 vote at Centralia Center on the west side. Residents of Wards 22-21 and 24-29 vote at East Junior High Fieldhouse.

Town and village residents vote in their respective towns or villages. Contact your county, city, town or village clerk if you are in doubt about the location of your polling place.

Polling places are open on election days from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.