Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Your absentee ballot must be voted and sent to the City of Madison no later than Election Day, April 7. You have several options:
- Place it in the mail in time to be postmarked by April 7
- Return it to your polling place on Election Day (you could return it curbside). Check your polling location.
- Deposit it in the drop box at Pinney, Sequoya, or Central Library before noon on April 7
The Clerk’s Office is open by appointment only.
If you plan to vote on Election Day, please check your polling location, as many locations have changed for this election.
View all impacts to City service on the City’s COVID-19 website.
Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you have moved since the last time you voted and established your new residence by March 28, you will need to update your voter registration. You may register to vote or update your registration at your polling place on Election Day. When registering to vote, you need to prove your address pdf with a government document, Wisconsin driver license/ID, utility bill, bank statement, residential lease or paycheck showing your name and address. If your proof of address is an electronic document, you may show the poll workers that document on your smart phone or tablet.
If you have moved since March 28, you have not been at your new address long enough to establish residency at that address for voting in today’s election. You would still be eligible to vote at the polling place for your previous address. After Election Day, you can update your voter registration to reflect your new address.
You will need to show an acceptable Voter ID pdf for your ballot to be counted. The address on your ID does not matter for the purpose of proving your identity. If you are using a Wisconsin driver license/ID, passport, or military ID, an expired ID is acceptable as long as it expired after November 6, 2018. Wisconsin’s voter’ ID law is not affected by the Federal REAL ID Act; a Wisconsin ID that does not comply with the REAL ID Act will be accepted at the polls as long as its expiration date is later than November 6, 2018.
If you are not able to show an acceptable Voter ID pdf to the poll workers today, you may cast a provisional ballot at the polls and then get a copy of your ID to the Clerk’s Office by 4 p.m. Friday.
To find out which offices and candidates will be on your ballot, visit https://MyVote.wi.gov .
April 6, 2020 Reid Magney, 608-267-7887
Top 10 Things Voters Should Know
Before Heading to the Polls on April 7
“How and where you vote may have changed because of COVID-19,” said Meagan Wolfe, Wisconsin’s chief elections official. “Local election officials are prepared for Election Day with sanitation supplies and have been trained on social distancing procedures and other guidance developed with a public health official. Now, we’re asking voters to be careful and patient if they go to the polls on Tuesday.”
Wolfe offered these important reminders to voters:
1. Because of poll worker shortages, your polling place may have changed due to consolidation. Before heading out to vote, please double-check your polling location at myvote.wi.gov. Click “Find My Polling Place.”
2. Wash your hands before heading to your polling place on Election Day. Hand hygiene is essential for a safe voting experience for everyone at the polls.
3. Wash or sanitize your hands again when arriving at your polling place and before voting. A 70% alcohol spray solution will be available at most polling places.
4. Things will look different at your polling place. Social distancing and public health related changes have been made to each polling place for this election.
5. Please be patient when voting at the polls. The public health procedures being used will slow down some parts of the process when you have to interact with poll workers.
6. You may be asked to line up outside your polling place or voting area to ensure only a safe number of voters are in the voting area at one time.
7. Social distancing is essential even at your polling place on Election Day. There will be procedures in place to allow for six feet between voters and poll workers to ensure a safe voting experience for everyone.
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8. Please keep your face-to-face interactions brief with both poll workers and other voters. We want to limit the risk for everyone in the process on Election Day.
9. If you are ill and still need to vote on Election Day, curbside voting options are available.
10. If you received an absentee ballot, you can return it at your polling place on Election Day if you have not yet returned it to your municipal clerk’s office. The deadline to return absentee ballots to the clerk’s office is 4 p.m. on Monday, April 13.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission is responsible for administration and enforcement of election laws in Wisconsin. The Commission is made up of six Commissioners – four appointed directly by the State Senate Majority Leader, Speaker of the Assembly and the Minority Leaders in the State Senate and Assembly. The remaining two Commissioners are appointed by the Governor with confirmation by the State Senate from lists of former municipal and county clerks submitted by the legislative leadership in each party.