• FreeAdvice has a new Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, effective May 25, 2018.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our Terms of Service and use of cookies.

Can I Vote in Wisc? Had a felony years ago

Accident - Bankruptcy - Criminal Law / DUI - Business - Consumer - Employment - Family - Immigration - Real Estate - Tax - Traffic - Wills   Please click a topic or scroll down for more.



I read in USA Today (yes I know don't believe the papers) there are only a few states that prevent voting by past felons and Wisc. wasn't one of them on the list.( I had one 20 yrs ago, pled guilty to a drug charge,no jail). Local clerk 'sez can't vote without a pardon. I can't fine the lsw/rule surffing can someone help? I would like to start voting again if possible.



I am a law school graduate. What I offer is mere information, not to be construed as forming an attorney client relationship.

Ch. 6 - ANNOT.
Cross-reference: See definitions in s. 5.02.


6.02 Qualifications, general.
(1) Every U.S. citizen age 18 or older who has resided in an election district or ward for 10 days before any election where the citizen offers to vote is an eligible elector.

(2) Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older who moves within this state later than 10 days before an election shall vote at his or her previous ward or election district if the person is otherwise qualified. If the elector can comply with the 10-day residence requirement at the new address and is otherwise qualified, he or she may vote in the new ward or election district.

6.02 - ANNOT.
History: 1971 c. 304 s. 29 (2); 1971 c. 336 s. 37; 1975 c. 85 ss. 5, 66 (3); 1977 c. 394; 1991 a. 316.

6.02 - ANNOT.
An eligible elector and a qualified elector are identical. Ch. 6 applies to annexation referendum elector qualifications under s. 66.021 (6). Washington v. Altoona, 73 Wis. 2d 250, 243 N.W.2d 404.

.02 - ANNOT.
Durational residence requirements. Clifford, 1973 WLR 914.

6.03 Disqualification of electors.
(1) The following persons shall not be allowed to vote in any election and any attempt to vote shall be rejected:

(a) Any person who is incapable of understanding the objective of the elective process or under guardianship pursuant to the order of a court under ch. 880, except that when a person is under limited guardianship, the court may determine that the person is competent to exercise the right to vote;

(b) Any person convicted of treason, felony or bribery, unless the person's civil rights are restored.

(2) No person shall be allowed to vote in any election in which the person has made or become interested, directly or indirectly, in any bet or wager depending upon the result of the election.

(3) No person may be denied the right to register to vote or the right to vote by reason that the person is alleged to be incapable of understanding the objective of the elective process unless the person has been so adjudicated in a separate proceeding instituted for that purpose by an elector of the municipality in accordance with the procedures set forth in ch. 880 for determining incompetency. If a determination of incompetency of the person has already been made, or if a determination of limited incompetency has been made which does not include a specific finding that the subject is competent to exercise the right to vote, and a guardian or limited guardian has been appointed as a result of any such determination, then no determination of incapacity of understanding the objective of the elective process is required unless the guardianship is terminated or modified under s. 880.34.

6.03 - ANNOT.
History: 1973 c. 284; 1977 c. 26, 394; 1979 c. 110; 1991 a. 316.

6.03 - ANNOT.
Disenfranchisement of felons does not deny them equal protection. Richardson v. Ramirez, 418 U.S. 24.

6.05 Election day age determines elector's rights. Any person who will be 18 years old on or before election day is entitled to vote if the person complies with this chapter.

6.05 - ANNOT.
History: 1971 c. 336 s. 37; 1981 c. 390 s. 252; 1991 a. 316.

This is where I got the info: http://folio.legis.state.wi.us/cgi-bin/om_isapi.dll?clientID=117139&infobase=stats.nfo&jump=ch.%206

Find the Right Lawyer for Your Legal Issue!

Fast, Free, and Confidential