Monday, February 15, 2021 - 8:20am

The City of Madison Clerk’s Office put together a top five list of things to know for tomorrow’s Spring Primary.

  1. Some polling places have changed since last year. To verify your polling location, visit
  2. The address on the ID you use for voting does not matter. When checking your photo ID, election officials are only verifying your identity. They are not checking the address on your ID. Just make sure you have an acceptable ID for voting in Wisconsin.
  3. You can register to vote at the polls. If you are registering to vote or updating your voter registration, you will need to show the election officials proof of residence. Your proof of residence document may be shown in an electronic format, e.g., your online utility bill, bank statement, City of Madison assessment, or My UW account.
  4. Your absentee ballot must be returned by Election Day in order to be counted. Election officials at your polling place will insert your absentee ballot into the tabulator to be counted. If you haven’t mailed your ballot back to the Clerk’s Office yet, you might want to ask a friend or neighbor to take your absentee envelope to your polling place on Tuesday. You can track the status of your absentee ballot by looking up your name at
  5. Make sure your ballot lists the correct primary races. All voters will see the primary race for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Voters who live in Dane County Board of Supervisors District 12 will see a primary race for that seat. Voters who live in City of Madison Aldermanic Districts 9, 16, or 18 will see that primary on their ballot. The Middleton/Cross Plains Area School District has a school board primary, so voters in that school district will see that race, too. We intend to give you the correct ballot. If we mistakenly hand you an incorrect ballot, please tell an election official before you insert your ballot into the tabulator to be counted. You can view the sample ballot for your address on the MyVote Wisconsin website.

Do not hesitate to contact the Clerk’s Office. If you have a question or encounter a problem at your polling place, please let us know right away by calling (608) 266-4601. 


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