The April 5 Spring Election is right around the corner, and now is the time to make your voting plan. You may need to adjust the plan you used in the last election, because the Waukesha County Circuit Court has decided that, while a challenge to ballot drop boxes is under consideration, it is illegal to use the light blue drop boxes that are available across the City. The boxes will be clearly marked as closed for the April election, so please make a plan to take your absentee ballot to an absentee voting site or polling place, the City Clerk’s office at 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Room 103, or use the U.S. Postal Service to return your ballot.

What offices are up for election?

We are voting for local officials who have a significant impact on our judicial system, our school systems, and our county government. Offices include the District 4 Court of Appeals Judge, Dane County Circuit Court Judges, Dane County Supervisors, and members of school boards in the Madison area. You can find a sample ballot for your address on the MyVote Wisconsin website.

Has my polling place changed?

Many polling places have changed due to redistricting. The City Clerk’s Office sent postcards to residents in areas that were impacted by polling place changes, but you can always check your polling place at

Can I vote early?

The City Clerk’s Office established 13 locations for in-person absentee (early) voting before the April 5 Spring Election. You can find the full schedule of sites and times on the City Clerk’s website. Make sure to bring your acceptable photo ID with you to present to election officials!

What if I’m not registered to vote?

If you need to register for the first time or need to update your voter registration because of a move or name change, you can do so at any in-person absentee voting location through Friday, April 1. Alternatively, you can also register and vote at your polling place on Election Day, April 5.

How can I return my absentee ballot?

An absentee voter can return their completed absentee ballot by dropping it in the mail, by hand-delivering it directly to the City Clerk or personnel in the City Clerk’s Office, or by hand-delivering it to an election official at any of the 13 in-person absentee voting location during the site’s operating hours or at your polling place on Election Day.

If voters have any questions about voting, they are encouraged to contact the City Clerk’s Office at (608) 266-4601 or by email at

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