Voting Procedures

Polls are open from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. for every election. You do not need any type of voter registration card. If you have previously registered to vote in your district, your name is automatically entered into a poll list that is distributed to the poll workers in your ward on Election Day. If you have not yet registered, you may do so at the polls. If you have moved since the last time you voted, you will need to re-register with the correct information.

Please bring the appropriate paperwork to verify your current address. When you arrive at your polling place, give your name and address to the election official seated at the check-in table. He/she will find your name on the list of registered voters.

Poll Book
Beginning in 2012, voters must sign the poll book to obtain a ballot. The poll book now contains a signature block for each voter. Only 1 poll book needs to be signed. Voters unable to sign the poll book because of a physical disability are exempt from this requirement. If this applies to you, tell the election officials that you are unable to sign because of a disability. Election officials will write "exempt" in your signature block.

After you've signed the poll book, you will be given a voting number and a ballot, and will be directed to the voting booth.

Voter ID
 A photo ID is now required to vote. the following links have great brochures with information to help you learn what you need to know in order to vote:
Using the Voting Machines
The City of Sun Prairie uses optical scanning voting machines, called the DS200. To vote for the candidate(s) of your choice, complete the oval next to the candidate's name. Likewise, to vote for or against a referendum question, complete the oval to the right of "Yes" or "No." To vote for a write-in candidate, write the person's name on the line provided and complete the oval next to the name you have written in.

Handicap Accessible Voting Machines
In addition to the optical scanning machines, the City of Sun Prairie has handicap accessible voting machines. Section 301(3) of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requires that every voting system used in a federal election be accessible for individuals with disabilities, including non-visual accessibility for the blind and visually impaired, in a manner that provided the same for access and participation (privacy and independence) as for other voters - through the use of at least 1 direct recording electronic voting system or other voting system equipped for individuals with disabilities at each polling place. The particular machines we use at our facilities are the AutoMark ballot marker. This machine was approved by the Government Accountability Board on January 18, 2006.

Correcting Your Ballot
If you make a mistake on your ballot, you may ask for a new ballot. You will be asked to destroy your invalid ballot. You are allowed up to three ballots due to errors you made in marking the ballot. If you need assistance, please ask. Election workers have been trained to help all voters.

Call the City Clerk's office at 608-837-2511, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or email us.