Chilton, Wisconsin

Exercise Your Right to Vote!

Nursing Home and Assisted Living Absentee Voting will take place January 30, 2018. Click on notice for complete details.


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. Learn more about photo ID and voting here, and visit the Bring It to the Ballot website.

What to Expect at the Polling Place

Now that people are bringing their IDs to vote at the polling place it will be a little different. Just remember to be patient; not everyone will be as prepared for these changes as you are.

State It - As always, you’ll need to state your full name and address for the election official who checks you in. They’ll check your information in the poll book. 

It is the law

 Show It - Next, it’s time to show your photo ID. That way, poll workers can compare your face to your photo and confirm that you really are you. The address on your ID doesn’t have to be current. Your ID should look like you, even if you’ve colored your hair, shaved your beard or lost some weight.

Sign It - Finally, you’ll sign the poll book. Now you’re ready to vote.

The Voting Process:

If you are registered, your name will be located on a poll list of registered voters.  You will receive a voting slip and a ballot, and be provided with voting instructions.  Sample ballots are located in each booth for your convenience. 

If you are not registered, you must provide a driver’s license number or Wisconsin ID number when registering to vote.  Registration is required only once, as long as you are a regular voter.  If you have not voted in four years, you are mailed a post card asking whether you would like to remain on the registered voter list.

Requirements to Vote:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You must be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day
  • You must have resided in your election district for at least 28 days
  • You must not have lost your right to vote

Registering to Vote:

To go on-line to see if you are registered to vote, click here. If you are not registered, you can do one of the following:

ON LINE: “Register to Vote” functionalities of the My Vote Wisconsin website,

IN PERSON: Register in the City Clerk’s office up to 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election.  You must bring proof that you have lived at your present location for 10 days preceding the election. 

BY MAIL: Complete and mail in the EL 131 Voter Registration Application (located at bottom of this page), along with a photocopy of your driver's license or Wisconsin ID as proof of residency before 5:00 p.m. on the 20th day before the election in order to appear on the poll list.  See forms of Identification below. 


•Voters must provide photo ID.
•Voters must sign the poll book to obtain a ballot.
•Residency requirement has changed from 28 to 10 consecutive days.

•Electors can no longer use a corroborating witness.

Changes in your Registration
If you have moved within the city limits, you will be required to re-register by completing a new voter registration application. If you have moved from the City of Chilton, you need to cancel the registration and re-register in your new municipality.

Name changes require re-registration.  This can be accomplished by showing a form of identification with your new name and current address. Please do not wait until the day of the election to complete the registration forms. Come to City Hall in advance to re-register.

Absentee Voting

City of Chilton residents who will not be able to vote on election day can receive an absentee ballot.

Residents are required to complete and forward a signed request form to the Chilton City Clerk’s office. Once the request is processed, a ballot would be received by return mail.

To address questions for students switching from state to state for college and jobs and trying to follow the voter registration laws in different states can be difficult. To address these issues click on the voting guide for young voters  

The City of Chilton has approximately 3,027 of the population that are of voting age. Total population is 3,906.

Election Schedule 

  • Spring Primary – the nonpartisan primary held the 3rd Tuesday in February to nominate candidates to be voted for at the spring election and to express preference for the person to be the presidential candidate for each party. 
  • Spring Election – the election held on the first Tuesday in April to elect judicial, educational (school board candidates) and municipal officers, and nonpartisan county officers.
  • August Partisan Primary – the primary held the 2nd Tuesday in August to nominate candidates to be voted for at the general election, to determine which candidates for state offices other than district attorney may participate in the Wisconsin election campaign fund.
  • General Election – the election held in even-numbered years on the day after the first Monday in November to elect United States senators, representatives in congress, presidential electors, state senators, representatives to the assistant district attorneys, state officers other than the state superintendent and judicial officers, and county officers other than supervisors and county executives. 


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