Review your options and make a plan to safely cast your ballot.

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  1. Check Your Registration

    Make sure that you are registered to vote at MyVote.wi.gov.

    If you are not registered, or if your voter registration is not up-to-date, you can register to vote in many different ways before Election Day. Registration before Election Day closes on Jan. 26, 2022.

    • Online: If you have a Wisconsin driver license or Wisconsin ID, update your address with the DMV, and then register to vote online at MyVote.wi.gov.
    • At the City Clerk’s Office: Bring proof of address with you.

      City Clerk’s Office
      210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Room 103
      Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

    • By mail: Go to MyVote.wi.gov to fill out the registration form. Mail the form and proof of address to the City Clerk's Office. Voter registrations sent through the mail must be postmarked by Jan. 26.

      City Clerk’s Office
      210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Room 103
      Madison, WI 53703

    • At an Absentee Voting site: Register to vote at an In-Person Absentee Voting site with proof of address, Feb. 1 - 11.

    If you are not able to register to vote before Election Day, you can register at the polls on Election Day.

  2. Review Your Voting Options

    The City Clerk's Office is working with Public Health to keep voters safe. There are four options available for casting your ballot:

    • Vote absentee by mail. The City Clerk's Office begins mailing ballots Jan. 25. It can take up to a week to receive your ballot in the mail. You can request an absentee and track its status at MyVote.wi.gov. If you do not already have a Voter ID on file with the Clerk's Office, you will need to submit a copy of your Voter ID with your absentee request.
    • Vote absentee in person. All in-person absentee voting locations are indoors, and election officials have been trained to maintain social distancing as best as possible. Some locations may have capacity limits. If one household is already inside voting absentee, you may be asked to wait outside until they are finished. Bring your Voter ID with you. Election officials will disinfect all pens, clipboards, and touchscreens after each use.
    • Vote in person at the polls on Election Day. Many polling locations have changed due to the pandemic, so check your polling location the day before you head to the polls on Election Day. All election officials will be wearing face masks and will disinfect all pens, clipboards, voting booths, touchscreens, and frequently touched surfaces after each use. Plexiglas screens will provide additional protection between election officials and voters. Hand sanitizer will be available as you enter and exit the polls.
    • Vote curbside at the polls on Election Day. As always, curbside voting is available at every polling location for voters with health issues or a disability. Election officials will be watching for curbside voters on Feb. 15 by a large feather flag that says "Vote Here." Election officials will be wearing face masks and high-visibility vests, and will disinfect pens and clipboards after each use.
  3. Cast Your Ballot

    • Absentee by mail: Seal the ballot in your absentee envelope, sign the envelope, and have your witness sign and print their address. The Clerk's Office needs to receive your ballot by Election Day in order to count it. You can return your ballot in several ways:

      • Drop off your ballot at one of our ballot drop-off sites.
      • Mail your ballot to the Clerk’s Office. No postage is necessary within the United States. We recommend that you mail your ballot at least one week before Election Day.

        City Clerk’s Office
        210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Room 103
        Madison, WI 53703

      • Drop off your ballot at your own polling location on Election Day.
    • Absentee in-person: Mark your ballot at the absentee voting site, seal the ballot in its envelope, and sign the envelope in front of an election official. The election official will sign as your witness. Your absentee ballot will be counted at your polling place on Election Day.
    • In person at the polls: Feed your ballot into the tabulator, and wait for the screen to display, "Your ballot has been counted. Thank you for voting."
    • Curbside at the polls: A team of two election officials will insert your ballot into the tabulator. For accountability purposes, two election officials are involved any time they are handling a ballot marked by a voter.
  4. Encourage Others to Make a Safe Voting Plan

    Encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to review their options and make a plan to cast their ballot. Madison residents are resilient, and we will not allow this pandemic to suppress our vote.

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