What Voting Looks Like This Year
According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, 71% of Americans 65 and older voted in the 2016 Presidential election. This is an outstanding turnout compared to the 46% voting rate for 18-29 year olds in the same year. Keep it up, seniors! Because what we learn time and time again is that every vote counts. Of course, this is clear in small elections, but do you remember that the 2000 Presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore was ultimately decided by 537 votes? This is not to mention that once again, issues that could dramatically help or hurt seniors are up for debate.
“A vote is the best way of getting the kind of country and the kind of world you want”
- President Harry Truman
MyVote Wisconsin is a tremendous online resource that allows you to check your voter registration status, register at a new address, view a sample ballot, and request an absentee ballot. If you haven’t checked your registration, requested your absentee ballot, or made a plan to safely vote in person, this is your reminder to do so!
I’m sure all are well aware of the Presidential race on the ballot, but a U.S. Representative seat and several Wisconsin State offices are up for election too. There are also two referendums on the ballot regarding the Madison Metropolitan School District. This article from the Cap Times provides a rundown of the budgeting requests the school district is making, along with the projects that money would be used for. The article also outlines the impact of these budget changes on property taxes for Madison residents.
5 Reminders for the Election:
- October 14th is the last day to register online or by mail
- In-person registration (and early voting) is available through October 30th at your municipal clerk’s office or on Election Day. Remember to bring proof of residence and an approved photo ID!
- Seniors who are unable to get to the polls can request an absentee ballot without an approved photo ID by checking “Indefinitely confined” online.
- Request your absentee ballot as soon as possible.
- Send your absentee ballot back at least one week prior to Election Day (November 3rd).
For more detailed information on voting logistics, see the following article from the League of Women Voters of Dane County: www.lwvdanecounty.org/voting-information.