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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


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

2013 SB-91 and companion AB-92

Madison Clerk's web page on early and absentee voting

Official City of Madison calendar




The official schedule for Madison early voting before the November 8, 2016 election is at http://www.cityofmadison.com/election/

See below for important notes.

Summary of early voting in Madison

City-County Building in the Clerk’s office

Starts September 26, and has six weeks of early voting.

Saturdays:  Early voting at the City-County Building includes all Saturdays in October and also November 5.  This is the only location that has early voting on Saturday November 5.

Sundays:  Early voting at the City-County Building includes Sunday October 30 and also November 6.  This is the only location that has early voting on Sunday November 6.


All nine City of Madison libraries start September 26 and have six weeks of early voting.  Early voting is available for almost all the hours that the libraries are open.  The only exception is the last 30 minutes before the library closes.

Saturdays: Early voting includes all Saturdays in October at all libraries.

Sundays:  Early voting includes all Sundays in October for the libraries that are normally open on Sundays: Central, Pinney, and Sequoya.

Streets East (4602 Sycamore Ave.) will host Monday to Friday early voting for the northeast side of Madison, since there is no library nearby.

Campus sites

UW and Edgewood start October 31 and have one week of early voting, Monday through Friday.


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 clerk's office.

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 September 12, 2016