Voting Registration

Voter Registration

You must be registered in the City of Darlington to be eligible to vote in any election in the City.

New Residents, Address Changes, & Name Changes

  • If you moved into the City at least 28 consecutive days before the election from another municipality (whether from Wisconsin or out of state), you would need to register to vote.
  • If you have moved within the City limits at least 28 consecutive days before the election, you will need to fill out a new Voter Registration Application.
  • If you have changed your name, you will need to fill out a new Voter Registration Application.

Registration Before Election Day

  • Online - If you have a valid and current Wisconsin Driver License or Wisconsin Identification Card, you may register online at My Vote Wisconsin.
  • In-person - You may come to the Clerk's Office Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. You will need to bring proof of residence and your Wisconsin Driver License/Identification Card with you. You may download the Voter Registration Application from My Vote Wisconsin and bring it with you or you may fill one out in the Clerk's Office.
  • By mail - You may download the Voter Registration Application at My Vote Wisconsin. You will need to complete the application, print it, sign it, and return it along with a copy of your Proof of Residence to the Clerk's Office.

Registration on Election Day

  • On Election Day, you may register to vote at your polling location, the City of Darlington Municipal Building. You will need to bring proof of residence and your Wisconsin Driver's License/Identification card with you.

Registration Deadlines

  • Online registrations must be completed no later than 20 days (3rd Wednesday) before Election Day.
  • Mailed registrations must be postmarked no later than 20 days (3rd Wednesday) before Election Day.
  • Registrations in the Clerk's Office must be submitted by the voter no later than 5 pm on Friday before Election Day.
  • Election Day Registrations must happen at the polls between the hours of 7 am and 8 pm.

Acceptable Proof of Residence

The document provided must contain a current and complete first and last name and residential address and must be valid on the day used to register to vote. Acceptable documents are limited to:

  • A current and valid Wisconsin Driver License / Wisconsin ID card.
  • Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit.
  • Any identification card issued by an employer in the normal course of business and bearing a photo of the cardholder, but not including a business card.
  • A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election.
  • A university, college, or technical college identification card (must include a photo) ONLY if the voter provides a fee receipt dated with the last nine months or the institution provides a certified housing list to the municipal clerk.
  • A gas, electric, or telephone service statement (utility bill) for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before Election Day.
  • A bank or credit card statement.
  • A paycheck or pay stub.
  • A check or other document issued by a unit of government.
  • A letter on public or private social service agency letterhead identifying a homeless voter and describing the individual's residence for voting purposes.
  • A residential lease that is effective on the date of registration (not valid if registering by mail).
  • An intake document from a residential care facility such as a nursing home or assisted living facility.

Voter Photo ID

To learn more about the Wisconsin Voter Photo ID Law, including information on obtaining a free state ID, and acceptable forms of identification, please visit the Bring it to the Ballot website.

At the Polls

On Election Day, voters must show proof of identification at the polling locations before voting.

Valid Proof of Identification Must Contain

  • Elector's Photograph -The photograph must reasonably resemble the elector.
  • Elector's Name - The elector's name must conform to the name on the voter registration; conform does not mean that the name must be identical to the name on the voter registration
  • An Expiration - If the ID has an expiration date, it must meet the expiration requirements.

Absentee Voting

Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on election day may request to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen who will be 18 years of age or older on election day, who has resided in the ward of the municipality where he or she wishes to vote for at least 28 consecutive days before the election. The elector must also be registered to receive an absentee ballot. Voters (some exceptions apply) requesting an absentee ballot by mail must provide a copy of their proof of identification along with the absentee ballot request. Voters voting absentee ballots in the Clerk's office need to provide proof of identification before receiving a ballot.

Requesting an Absentee Ballot

  • Visit MyVote to request your Absentee Ballot online.
  • Download an application for an absentee ballot here.

Fill out the application and return it with a photocopy of your ID to the City Office at:
City of Darlington
ATTN: Amy Johnson
P.O. Box 207
Darlington, WI  53530

Voter Photo ID

Voter Photo ID is required in most absentee voting circumstances. Please visit the Voter Photo ID page for more information.

Special Absentee Provisions

Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined to home or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized, overseas, or serving as a sequestered juror. If this applies to you, contact the City Clerk/Treasurer.

Absentee Ballot Deadlines

  • The deadline for making an application to vote absentee by mail is 5 pm on the 5th day before the election.
  • The deadline for voting an absentee ballot in the Clerk's Office is the Friday before the election.
  • All absentee ballots must be returned on or before Election Day by 8 pm.