In-Person Absentee Voting Begins Tuesday

In-person absentee voting for the 2023 Spring Election begins Tuesday and will be available for registered voters at a number of locations across the city through April 2.

Both Hawthorne & Pinney Libraries will offer convenient in-person absentee voting for D15 residents Mondays - Saturdays. You can find a full list of locations and additional information here.

Voters will need to present an ID to receive an absentee ballot. If you are not already registered to vote at your current address, you may register to vote, with proof of residence, at any absentee voting location through Friday, March 31.

The 2023 Spring Election ballot for District 15 residents is long and complicated and includes state, city, and school district offices as well as state, county, and city referendum questions.

I've included links in the captions below with more information on each contested race and referendum question from The League of Women Voters of Dane County and Ballotpedia.

Explanation from the County Corporation Counsel: Referendum Question #1 is non-binding and does not have the force of law. The Wisconsin Constitution currently provides that the Legislature must redistrict legislative maps every ten years following the decennial census. Question #1 seeks to elicit the opinion of the voters of Dane County as to whether the Wisconsin Constitution should be amended to provide for a nonpartisan redistricting system.

Referendum Question #2 is non-binding and does not have the force of law. On June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade, which had protected a woman's constitutional right to an abortion since 1973. The Roe decision was based upon a constitutional right to privacy. The right to use of contraceptives, inter-racial marriage and same sex marriage are all also based upon a right to privacy. Question 2 seeks to elicit the opinion of the voters of Dane County as to whether the Wisconsin Constitution should be amended to expressly provide for a right to privacy.
LWVDC Explanation: Currently, 100% of the Madison Common Council is elected every two years. Passage of this ballot question would limit alder turnover to 50% per year, starting in 2025. That year, candidates in even-numbered districts would run for one-year terms, and candidates in odd-numbered districts would run for two-year terms. Thereafter, two-year terms for alders would continue on a staggered even-odd basis.

District 15 Alder Candidate Forums

There will be two opportunities to hear from District 15 Alder candidates this week. On Monday, beginning at 6:30pm, the Lake Edge Neighborhood Association will hold a D15 Alder Candidate Forum virtually. A link to the virtual meeting can be found here.

On Thursday at 6:30pm, the SASY Neighborhood Association will host an in-person D15 alder candidate forum at the Goodman Community Center moderated by Jason Joyce of The Isthmus. More details can be found here.

Monona Bakery & Eatery Alcohol Application 

Monona Bakery & Eatery has submitted an application to serve beer and alcohol on premises. They will hold an information session at their location on Monday at 3pm.

Up to Eight Chickens

There was broad support (34 registered in support; 2 in opposition) at Plan Commission for the ordinance to raise the maximum number of chickens that can be kept from four to ten. The staff report recommended raising the maximum to six and Plan Commission's recommendation was to raise the maximum to eight.

Plan Commission's recommendation will be in front of the Common Council on Tuesday for final adoption (agenda item #4). You can find a link to the full agenda and to register to provide comment on any item on the agenda here.

This will be the final Common Council meeting for the current term. I will continue to serve as your alder until the new alder is sworn in on April 18th. 


Last week, the US EPA proposed new standards for PFAS in drinking water. All Madison wells, except for eastside Well 15, meet these new proposed standards. Well 15 has been out of operation since 2019 after elevated levels of PFAS were first detected in 2017.

The Water Utility is designing and plans to install a treatment system at Well 15 to remove PFAS. Planning and final design will continue into 2023 with construction of a treatment system planned for 2024. You can find more information about PFAS in Well 15 and plans for treatment here.

Atwood Reconstruction

Atwood reconstruction is actively underway and will impact travel and access to Olbrich Park all summer. You can sign up for email updates at the project page here and follow the Facebook page here for updates.

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District 15 Public Works Projects

(You can find a map of current public works projects in District 15 here. You can find a map of future road projects here.)

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