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Voter Registration Information
     Voter RegistrationRegistration Guidelines and Residency Requirements:

Registration is open until 5:00 p.m. 20 days before an election.  Wisconsin requires 28 days to establish residency at a new address.  Temporary absence does not affect residency.  Time spent away from your residence still counts toward the 28 day residency requirement as long as you intend to return.  When registering, you must present Proof of Residence, a document showing your current name at your current address.  You cannot register to vote using a post office box. 
     
    Proof of Residency Requirement Specifics
    All Proof of Residence documents must include the voter’s name and current (Menasha) residential address.

• A current and valid State of Wisconsin Driver License or State 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 card holder, 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 photo) ONLY if the voter provides a fee receipt dated within the last 9 months or the institution provides a certified housing list, that indicates citizenship, to the municipal clerk.
• A gas, electric, or telephone service statement (utility bill) for the period commencing no earlier than 90 days before Election Day.
• Bank/credit card statement.
• Paycheck or paystub.
• 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.
• Residential lease that is effective on 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.

This is not a comprehensive list, but categories of the most common types used by voters.
     
 Ways to Register to Vote
     
    1. Online
   

You may register to vote online at My Vote Wisconsin ONLY if you have a valid, unexpired Wisconsin driver license or Wisconsin ID, and your address on file with the DMV matches the address at which you are registering to vote. If the DMV does not have your current address on file, update your address on the DMV website before updating your voter registration at My Vote Wisconsin.    

    2. By Mail 
    Registration forms are available on the Wisconsin Elections Commission website in English, Spanish, and Hmong. To register to vote by mail, download, print and complete the application and mail the form to the City Clerk's office (100 Main Street, Suite 200, Menasha, WI 54952) with your Proof of Residency document. The registration form must be postmarked at least 20 days before the election. Registration CANNOT be completed until Proof of Residency documentation is provided. 

     (PDF Versions Available from WEC - Include English, Spanish and Hmong)

    3. In-Person
    Visit the City Clerk's Office located on the 2nd Floor of City Hall (100 Main Street, Suite 200, Menasha) up until the Friday before an election. 
     
    4. On Election Day
    Register to vote at your polling place on election day. Please be prepared for possible wait times if you chose to register on election day. Registration forms will be made available and a poll worker will assist in completing the application process. 
           


How do I get on the ballot (Run for a Local Office)?    
ElectedOfficialThroughout Wisconsin, nomination papers and other required forms are the primary way for candidates to get their name on the ballot when seeking elected office. Following correct procedure when obtaining and submitting nomination paper signatures is crucial to ensure ballot placement for a candidate. 

The City of Menasha’s Clerk’s Office reviews, retains, posts, and manages documentation and ballot access for Alderpersons and Mayor for the city.  The Menasha Joint School District oversees nomination paperwork for the Menasha Joint School District School Board.

Candidates for county offices (e.g., Supervisor, Clerk, Clerk of Courts) should visit Winnebago or Calumet County’s County Clerk’s Offices.  Candidates for statewide office (e.g., Assembly Representative, Wisconsin Senate) please visit the state’s page.

Alderperson Candidates:
  • Complete and submit a Campaign Registration Statement (CF-1) to the City Clerk as soon as you decide to run for office, but no later than 4:00 PM on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.  This must be filed before circulating nomination papers.
  • Circulating Nomination Papers for Nonpartisan Office (EL-168) can begin on December 1, 2023 after the Campaign Registration Statement is submitted to the City Clerk.  Nomination Papers are due no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.  (20-40 signatures are required).
  • Complete and submit a Declaration of Candidacy (EL-162) to the City Clerk no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.
  • Alderpersons have a two (2) year term, which will start on the third Tuesday in April (April 16, 2024).
Mayoral Candidates:
  • Complete and submit a Campaign Registration Statement (CF-1) to the City Clerk as soon as you decide to run for office, but no later than 4:00 PM on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.  This must be filed before circulating nomination papers.
  • Circulating Nomination Papers for Nonpartisan Office (EL-168) can begin on December 1, 2023 after the Campaign Registration Statement is submitted to the City Clerk.  Nomination Papers are due no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.  (200-400 signatures are required)
  • Complete and submit a Declaration of Candidacy (EL-162) to the City Clerk no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.
  • The Mayoral term is a four (4) year term, which will will start on the third Tuesday in April (April 16, 2024).
 
What you can expect from the Clerk’s Office
The Clerk’s Office will give candidates a receipt for your nomination papers.  The receipt will note the date and time of paperwork submission, the number of pages, and total number of signatures. We will then review the signatures for sufficiency and notify you of any insufficiencies. The benefit of submitting your nomination papers well before early January is the Clerk’s Office can verify the validity of your acquired signatures ahead of the deadline.
Once the Clerk has verified all candidates' paperwork, the Clerk’s Office will conduct a lottery to determine ballot order.  This lottery will be noticed on the city's Clerk’s Office page.  The Clerk will notify you of upcoming campaign finance deadlines, via e-mail. Please be sure to provide an updated, frequently visited email address for those purposes.

Candidates who do not win their offices must continue to file finance statements until they terminate their accounts.  Office holders must continue to file finance statements and may not terminate until they are out of office, either by choice or by an election. 
The Clerk also posts recent campaign finance statements on the City of Menasha’s website.
 

Obtaining a Voter List

Please visit Badger Voters to pay for and obtain a voter list for the purposes of campaigning door-to-door or mailing literature.

 

Notification of Non-Candidacy

Incumbents who will not seek re-election must file a Notification of Non-Candidacy by 5 PM on December 22, 2023.  If the incumbent has a change of mind after filing the Notification of Non-Candidacy, they can run for re-election by filing the appropriate ballot access papers by early January.  See the information above for all necessary paperwork. 
 
Write-In Candidate
If you’d like to seek elected office as a write-in candidate, please follow these steps:
  1. Download your Campaign Registration Statement (see links above)
  2. File the Campaign Registration Statement with the City Clerk as soon as you decide to become a write-in candidate.  Write-in votes are counted for candidates who file paperwork the Friday before Election Day (dates forthcoming)
  3. Educate voters to write-in your name in the write-in portion of the ballot, for your chosen elected office
 
Other Campaign Finance Forms
Please refer to this list of campaign finance forms.  It’s the candidate’s responsibility to know which forms to file and to submit them to the Clerk’s office before the deadlines.  More information can be found at the Ethics website.

 
Legal Notices
  • Type A Notice Spring Election – Notice of Spring Election for local elected officials
  • 2024 Candidate Listing Spring Election (closed 01-02-2024)



What are Badger Books (electronic poll books)?
BadgerBooksAbout the Change:
The City of Menasha implemented the use of electronic poll books (Badger Books) in February 2023.  They are used in place of the paper poll book.  Voters sign the poll book digitally on the screen with his/her finger or stylus provided. After checking-in, voters receive their paper ballot to  vote and then feed the the ballot into the tabular when finished.

What do they do?
  1. Check in Voters
  2. Register New Voters
  3. Process Absentee Ballots
These devices are NOT connected to the internet, and the security risk factors are low.  Badger Books do not process votes.  Badger Books are not voting equipment, and the Wisconsin Elections Commission has authority to approve electronic poll books. Per Wis. Stat. § 6.79(1m), “the system employed to maintain the list electronically is subject to the approval of the Commission.”  Also, per Wis. Stat. § 5.05(18), "the Commission may facilitate the creation and maintenance of electronic poll lists for purposes of s. 6.79 including entering into contracts with vendors and establishing programs for development and testing.”


City of Menasha's Common Council approved the purchases for the 2023 budget cycle.

Want more information?  Check out this video from the WEC: