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Judge Peterson's order #2, #3,& #4 page 118 includes early voting

One WI Institute v Nichol, federal lawsuit brief.  This brief describes effects of the early voting laws.

Above lawsuit summary and all documents

Madison Clerk's web page on early and absentee voting

Official City of Madison calendar

Bills that would have allowed multiple sites for early voting, but did not pass:

2013 SB-91 and companion AB-92




The official schedule for Madison early voting before the April 4, 2017 election is at


See below for important notes.

Summary of early voting in Madison

Voter registration is available during all early voting hours, except registration ends at the end of the day on the Friday before the election.

City-County Building in the Clerk’s office

Monday through Friday, from Tuesday, March 14, through Friday March 31.  Also Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2.


All nine City of Madison libraries have early voting available for almost all the hours that the libraries are open.  The only exception is the last 30 minutes before the library closes.  This includes Saturdays, and also Sundays for the libraries (Central, Pinney, and Sequoya) that are open on Sundays.

Streets East (4602 Sycamore Ave.) will host Monday to Friday early voting for the northeast side of Madison, since there is no library nearby.  7 am to 4 pm, March 12 through 31.

Campus sites

UW:  March 27 through 31, 10 am to 2 pm.  Union South, second floor, and the Student Activity Center, 333 E. Campus Mall.
Edgewood: March 28 through 30, 10 am to 1 pm.  Predolin Commons.

Important Notes:

You will need to show acceptable ID when voting early.

You must live in Madison to use any of the Madison early voting locations.  Check myvote.wi.gov to find your municipality. 

  • Some addresses that are served by the Madison post office are NOT in the City of Madison.

  • Some addresses that are served by the Middleton post office ARE in the City of Madison.

For weekend voting hours in the Clerk’s Office, voters should use the Wilson Street entrance to the City-County Building.

Wisconsin's "early voting" is actually in-person absentee voting, where you apply for an absentee ballot in your clerk's office or another designated location, you vote your ballot immediately, seal your ballot in the proper envelope, sign the envelope, have a witness sign and write their address, and immediately return it to a member of the clerk's staff.  No ballots may be taken out of the early voting location.

The following acts were declared unconstitutional by Judge Peterson's order.  See the decision, page 118, #2, #3, and #4.

2011 Act 23:  Reduced early voting from 30 days to 12 days.  Legislative Council Memo, page 8.  See lawsuit brief, page 17.

2013 Act 146 - Eliminated early voting on weekends.  See Legislative Council memo.  See lawsuit brief, page 20-21.  See LWV.


Web page by Paul Malischke       malischke@yahoo.com       Last updated March 02, 2017