Statement of Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway on Voting with Regard to COVID-19
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 12:35pm
Voting is one of our most important democratic responsibilities and rights. And while the COVID-19 pandemic raises a host of unique challenges to voting this year, it remains just ask important as ever. As City staff work to continue providing essential services during this pandemic, ensuring our community can vote remains among my top priorities. We need to make sure our voices count, and that we have a say in the future of our School Board, our State Supreme Court and that of our highest office, the Presidency.
The coronavirus or COVID-19 will require us to move some of our voting stations on April 7th to help protect vulnerable populations. Stay tuned for an update on April 7th polling places as we work to finalize locations. In the meantime, City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl and her staff are working overtime to enable as much early voting as possible. you can vote in the City Clerk’s Office in the City County Building at 210 Martin Luther King Drive or in Room 153 across Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd in the Madison Municipal Building. The locations are open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am-6:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am-12:00 noon. Any additional locations will be available on the Clerk’s website, but at this time, none have been confirmed. You can avoid lines and practice social distancing by voting absentee by mail.
Absentee Ballot Delivery by Email
Send your absentee request to email@example.com. Be sure to include your name, address at which you are registered to vote, email address to which the ballot should be sent, and a copy or picture of your voter ID (if not already on file in the Clerk's Office). The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 5:00 pm the Thursday before the election (April 2nd).
You will receive your ballot and absentee certification statement as attachments to an email message. Print the ballot and certification statement, fill out your ballot, and send both your ballot and certification statement back to the City Clerk's Office through the mail. Absentee ballots must be received in the Clerk’s Office by Election Day (April 7th).
Absentee Ballot Delivery by Mail
You can submit an absentee request online at My Vote Wisconsin (click on Vote Absentee at the top of the website). Or send a written request that includes:
Address to which the ballot should be mailed
Copy of voter ID, if not already on file in Clerk’s Office
You can send the request via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail the request to:
City Clerk's Office
210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Room 103
Madison, WI 53703
Ballots will be mailed out through the Thursday before the election. Absentee ballots must be received in the Clerk’s Office by Election Day (April 7th).
For more information, visit cityofmadison.com/clerk.
We will get through this together, but please remember to check in with and help elderly friends and neighbors. And of course, wash your hands and maintain social distances.
- Katie Crawley, 608-335-7071