The system is disappointing

So, back in September, I applied for my absentee ballot using Chris’s address as my home address.  The town of Brown Deer contacted me to say I wasn’t registered there and that I would have to apply for a ballot in Milwaukee using my old address in Bayview. I did. Milwaukee never sent me a ballot.

I looked into voting in NYC, but all the information I found online said you had to register a month in advance. I called the voter hotline, but every time I was put on hold (it’s perfectly fair that they take calls in order that they are received) but then after 10 minutes or so, there would be a message that there are too many calls, and I’d get cut off. Why make people wait to be cut off?

Anyway, I went to the polls at 6am this morning (after having almost no sleep because I woke up every hour or so) with all the necessary info to register. I had all my district information and such in hand, as well as proof that I live here and ID. I stood in line. When I reached the first poll worker, they asked for my district info. I said that I have it here but need to register first. She said, “Oh, you had to register a month ago. You can’t register here.” I said, “I am a student registered in another state, and my home state never sent my absentee ballot. I am hoping to register today.”

I was denied.


  1. Rosemary says:

    That sucks! Contact the clerk’s office in Milwaukee and demand you get a ballot and that your vote will get counted. Or call Election Protection 1-866-OUR-VOTE to see what actions you can take.

  2. Mom says:

    Bummer! Stupid red tape. I”m proud that you tried so hard and cared so much. That would be RAD if you could still make your count vote. After all, they’re still counting votes.Thanks, Rosemary. Good luck, Clare.

  3. Ellie says:

    Yes, Wisconsin is rare in allowing registering at the polls. Most states make you register in advance. 🙁