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ABSENTEE VOTING

In person:

MON, OCT 20 - FRI, OCT 24

8:00am -7:00pm

MON, OCT 27 - FRI, OCT 31

8:00am -7:00pm

By mail:

RETURN COMPLETED REQUESTS TO:

Madison City Clerk

210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. #103

Madison, WI 53703

By email:

  • voting@cityofmadison.com

Make Sure Your Absentee Ballot Gets Counted!

Ten to 15 percent* of absentee ballots do not get counted.  Absentee ballots are rejected for the following reasons:

  • Ballot has not been postmarked by Election day and not been received by the Clerk’s Office until after Friday of Election Week.
  • Voter has not signed absentee certificate envelope.
  • Voter has not had a witness sign the absentee certificate envelope.
  • Voter has not registered to vote at their current address.
  • Voter has not sealed the absentee certificate envelope.

The City Clerk’s Office strongly encourages absentee voters to take the following precautions:

  • Either vote absentee in the Clerk’s Office, or carefully read the instruction letter that you receive with your absentee ballot.
  • Mail your absentee ballot back to the Clerk’s Office as early as possible.  The ballot must be postmarked by Election day and received by the Clerk’s Office Friday of Election Week.
  • Make sure you sign the certificate envelope on the line marked “Signature of Voter.”
  • Have your witness sign the certificate envelope on the line marked “Signature of Witness.”
  • Make sure the envelope is sealed.
  • If you have moved, you must register to vote at your new address.  Crossing out the address on your absentee label and writing in your new address does not update your voter registration.

*In November 2008, 331 of the 29,000 ballots sent to City of Madison polling places were rejected.  An additional 3,343 ballots were not received by Election Day.

*In February 2009, 230 of the 1,547 absentee ballots returned to the City Clerk’s Office were either rejected at the polls, or not received by Election Day.  An additional 730 ballots were not returned to the City Clerk’s Office at all.

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