Exercise Your Right to Vote: Primary Election Day Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Although we do not have a primary in the race for 6th District alder, there is a state-wide primary for the State Supreme Court and a local primary for Madison School District Seat 5.  I firmly believe that it is important to exercise our right to vote and encourage you to do so on Tuesday.  Primary elections have generally low voter turnout.  If you have moved into the district since the Presidential Election, it may be easier and faster to register or make changes to your registration (e.g. name change) at the primary election when lines are shorter.

I’ve volunteered my time for many years as an election official for the City of Madison and enjoy watching the process in action.    While state government recently has tried to make voting more difficult, the courts have held up the most onerous change requiring voter ID.  That is not to say you should not be prepared when voting in your ward for the first time.   It is too late to pre-register for the Primary Election, but you still are able to register at your polling location.  To pre-register for the April 2nd General Election, see the City Clerk’s website on pre-registration.   They also have information on what you need to register at the polls.

There are five different wards represented by the 6th aldermanic district.  Each ward votes at a different polling location.   They following wards and polling locations are in the 6th district.   If you are unsure about which ward you are in, you can look that up on-line at the City Clerk’s website.

City of Madison Wards/Polling Location (With Link to Map):

Please exercise your right to vote!  Remember to vote for Scott Thornton for Madison City Council on April 2nd!

Registering to Vote on Election Day (From the City Clerk’s Website):

When you register to vote, you must certify that you have resided at that address for 28 days with no intent to move.

Wisconsin allows voters to register at the polls on Election Day, with one of the following acceptable forms of proof of residence:

  • A current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license or Wisconsin identification card.
  • Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit
  • An identification card issued by an employer in the normal course of business, which has a photograph of the cardholder, but not a business card.
  • A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election.
  • A current residential lease.
  • A UW-Madison or Edgewood College ID card with a photograph of the cardholder, if student is listed on certified housing list.
  • A utility bill for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before the election.
  • A bank statement.
  • A paycheck.
  • A check or other document issued by a unit of government.



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