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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Dr

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

Farewell to Former Alder Gary Halverson, Voter Registration Before Election Day

September 20, 2022 9:49 AM


It is my practice not to use this space for my personal comments.  I believe the purpose of this space is to keep the residents of District 1 informed about the City's business.  

HOWEVER, this is a time to speak out. My silence would send the wrong message. 

Twenty-nine years ago, the late NBC news anchor Mike McKinney ended the last newscast on September 11, 1993, with "It has been one hell of a day." Well, my friends, it has been "one hell of a week." I have  been contacted by several news outlets for a comment following the announcement by former Alder Gary Halverson - ending his term as Alder, representing District 17 because ..."I have had enough."  I purposely withheld my comments, as I have learned that if I first ask for wisdom, it will be generously granted. Had I immediately responded to the attacks against Alder Halverson, my response would have been one quite different. I chose not to continue to fuel the negative energy that has been generated that would certainly continue to divide us as a CouncIl. Thank you Rep. Baldeh for reminding me of the importance of focusing on serving the constituents of the district to which you are elected to represent and the City with honorable commitment. I am refocused.

Alder Halverson has never shown up to me in the unfair manner that he has been so maliciously portrayed. Reactions that were unfair and unjust may have possibly fueled the harassment and vandalism against former Alder Halverson and his property. I wish former Alder Halverson and his family the best that blessings have to offer. As the Alder for District 17, he served his district with integrity, compassion and conviction. He demonstrated his commitment to serve his district and our city to the best of his ability. He showed up always well prepared, and he understood the issues facing his district and our city. He did  not fear challenging the status quo nor raising his voice against the fray. He understood what Madison could be and continually strived to have our city be a place where ALL people have the opportunity not just to survive but to THRIVE. His actions and his voting record as the Alder of District 17 clearly represented who he is. His decision to resign was based on putting his family first and eventually the realization that the relentless negative characterization of him had become a distraction from the critical issues facing his district and our city. It is a tremendous loss for District 17 as well as the City of Madison. Job well done, Alder Halverson. I am proud to have served with you. 

Barbara Harrington-McKinney
Alder, District 1


Voter registration before the November 8 General Election remains open by mail and online through Wednesday, October 19. Between Thursday, October 20 and Friday, November 4, voters who need to register need to do so in person.

They can do so at the Clerk's Office on weekdays, Thursday, October 20 through Monday, October 24, 8:00am – 4:30pm. When in-person absentee voting sites open on Tuesday, October 25, voters will need to register at any one of those sites during the site's open hours. Voter registration will be available at in-person absentee voting sites during their open hours through Friday, November 4.

Voter registration is unavailable November 5 through November 7. If voters need to register on Election Day, they can do so at their polling place on Election Day, November 8.

Voting Absentee by Mail

When voting absentee by mail, please make sure to read all of the instructions. This helps you make sure you are completing all steps necessary to have your ballot counted on Election Day.

What are the things we see most often that require us to follow up with the voter or reject the ballot at the polling place on Election Day?

  • Missing voter signature – If the voter needs an assistant to sign their name on the certificate envelope, the assistant should sign the voter's name on the voter signature line and sign their own name on the assistant signature line near the bottom of the envelope.
  • Missing witness signature
  • Missing witness address – We encourage voters to have their witness write out their complete residence address: street number, street name, municipality (city, town or village name), state, and zip code. Reminder that PO boxes are not acceptable as a witness address on an absentee certificate.
  • The definition of a complete address for an absentee ballot certificate is a bit up in the air at the moment. We are encouraging folks to include the state and zip code when they write in their address as witness. If you are scheduled to work on November 8, it will be incredibly important for you to pay attention to communications received from our office and to training so you know what needs to be looked for when processing absentee ballots on Election Day.

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