I am so thankful you all came out to support me in my re-election as Dane County District Attorney. Voting is a way to make your voice heard. It is a way to register your opinion on how you think the government should operate. I would like to encourage you all, if you haven’t already voted early, to cast your ballot.
I hope you will join me in voting for the many great Democrats we have on the ballot.
Together, we will do great things.
***UPDATE*** “I urge all voters who request a ballot and have trouble presenting an valid ID to indicate that they are indefinitely confined.”
“I, Scott McDonell have informed Dane County Municipal Clerks that during this emergency and based on the Governors Stay at Home order I am declaring all Dane County voters may indicate as needed that they are indefinitely confined due to illness. This declaration will make it easier for Dane County voters to participate in this election by mail in these difficult times. I urge all voters who request a ballot and have trouble presenting an valid ID to indicate that they are indefinitely confined.
People are reluctant to check the box that says they are indefinitely confined but this is a pandemic. This feature in our law is here to help preserve everyone’s right to vote.
The process works like this:
• A voter visit’s https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/VoteAbsentee to request a ballot.
• A voter can select a box that reads “I certify that I am indefinitely confined due to age illness, infirmity or disability and request ballots be sent to me for every election until I am no longer confined or fail to return a ballot.
• The voter is then able to skip the step of uploading an ID in order to receive a ballot for the April 7 election.
Voters are confined due to the COVID-19 illness. When the Stay at Home order by the Governor is lifted, the voter can change their designation back by contacting their clerk or updating their information in myvote.wi.gov
Voters who are able to provide a copy of their ID should do so and not indicate that they are indefinitely confined.”
The following is provided for your information only. https://elections.countyofdane.com/Absentee-Voting
Please note: 2011 Act 227 prohibits a voter who has voted and returned an absentee ballot from voting at the polling place on election day.
Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on election day may request to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on election day and who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for 10 consecutive days before the election. The elector must also be registered.
YOU MUST MAKE A REQUEST IN WRITING TO OBTAIN AN ABSENTEE BALLOT.
To receive an absentee ballot:
Contact your municipal clerk and request that an application for an absentee ballot be sent to you for the requested election date(s). Your written request must list your voting address within the municipality where you wish to vote, the address where the absentee ballot should be sent, if different, and your signature. REMEMBER you must be registered at the address you are requesting the absentee ballot for.
Please note: Absentee requests for ballots sent by mail must be accompanied by a copy of an acceptable form of voter ID. Once you have sent the Municipal Clerk’s Office a photocopy of your ID, you will not need to send copies with future requests. Please contact your municipal clerk with any questions about the absentee process. Make sure your vote counts!
Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined at home or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized, or serving as a sequestered juror. If this applies to you, contact your municipal clerk.
You can also personally go to the clerk’s office and vote absentee.
NEW ABSENTEE VOTING DEADLINES:
BY MAIL: The deadline for making application to vote absentee by mail is 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the election. (For military, indefinitely confined electors and sequestered jurors the deadline remains at 5:00 p.m. the Friday before an election).
IN PERSON: In-Person Absentee Voting dates and hours are set by individual municipalities. Please refer to the Dane County Directory for contact information of all municipal clerks in Dane County.
For further information on absentee voting visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission’s Absentee Voting page.
Under Wisconsin law, voters do not need a reason or excuse, such as being out of town on Election Day, to vote absentee. Any voter who prefers to vote by absentee ballot may request one. You have several options for requesting an absentee ballot and casting your vote. You must be a registered voter to request an absentee ballot and you must show acceptable Photo ID before you can receive an absentee ballot.
Vote because every election matters. Vote because the choices you will make matter. Vote because elections aren’t simply about your representatives in Washington or who is president. Who you choose this November to lead your local and state governments — whether as your governor, mayor, city council member, or your state senator — will have a serious impact on the life of your community. When we vote for our state and local officials, we make choices that will have very direct and concrete effects on our daily lives.
Where to Vote
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When to Vote
Polls open at 7:00 am and close at 8:00 pm. Everyone in line at 8:00 pm gets to vote.
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What’s on the Ballot
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Information for Ex-Felons and Incarcerated Voters
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Register to Vote
Registering to Vote Online (prior to an election):
Up to 20 days before the election. Voters who have a valid State of Wisconsin Driver License or State of Wisconsin ID card issued by the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can register to vote online on the MyVote Wisconsin website: http://myvote.wi.gov. To register online, the voter must enter a name, date of birth, Driver License or ID number and address that matches what is on file with the Wisconsin DMV. If all of the fields match, the voter will be able to register to vote completely online without needing to print, sign or mail the form and without needing to send a proof of residence document. Voters who are not able to match their information with the information in the DMV database will be given the option to register by mail (see instructions above).
Registering in Person (prior to an election):
Voter registration closes at 5:00 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday preceding an election in order for the person’s name to be included on the voter registration list. Some municipalities may provide other locations to accomplish registration (please check with your municipal clerk for locations). Late registrations may be accepted in the office of the municipal clerk, who shall issue a certificate addressed to the election inspectors stating that the elector shall be allowed to vote.
- Download and complete a Voter Registration Application
- Or use MyVote Wisconsin to fill out the application
Registering in Person (on election day):
Election day registration is allowed at the polls. The elector must provide proof-of-residence giving his or her complete name and address. Acceptable forms of proof-of-residence include:
- A current and valid WI Driver License / ID Card
- Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit
- An employee ID card with a photograph, but not a business card
- A real property tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the election
- A residential lease (Does not count as proof of residence if elector submits form by mail)
- A university, college or technical institutitute identification card (must include photo), ONLY if the bearer provides a fee receipt dated within the last nine months or the institution provides a certified housing list to the municipal clerk.
- A utility bill for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before the day registration is made
- A bank statement
- A paycheck
- A check or other document issued by a unit of government
- An affidavit on public or private social service agency letterhead identifying a homeless voter and describing the individual’s residence for voting purposes.
If the person registering on election day has a valid Wisconsin driver’s license, he or she must provide the number to the registration deputy. If the person registering does not have the driver’s license number with him/her, or refuses to provide the number, the person may vote a provisional ballot. The person must then provide the number to the municipal clerk by 4:00 the Friday following the election in order for his/her vote to be counted. If the person does not have a valid Wisconsin driver’s license, he or she may provide the last 4 digits of his/her social security number or his/her Wisconsin ID card number, and he/she will be permitted to vote.
Registering by Mail:
Any elector may register before the close of registration (3rd Wednesday prior to the election) for any election as follows:
- The elector shall obtain a Voter Registration Form by downloading it from here. Or using MyVote Wisconsin to complete the registration form. Electors can also contact their municipal clerk for a blank registration form and instructions.
- The elector shall certify that all statements are true and correct.
- The elector shall include a copy of their proof-of-residence (as defined in the list above for persons registering on election day).
- The elector shall return the registration form and proof-of-residence to their municipal clerk prior to the close of registration (3rd Wednesday prior to the election).