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What to know before the Spring Election

The City Clerk’s office recommends residents to confirm their polling place before voting day on April 5.
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Published: Mar. 30, 2022 at 3:44 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 30, 2022 at 9:53 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The Spring Election is right around the corner, and now is the time to make sure you have a plan.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission released their list of top things Wisconsin Voters should know before the approaching Spring Election.

At the top of their list is to check with your municipal clerk regarding rules for returning an absentee ballot. They reminded voters that they should personally mail or deliver their own absentee ballot. The only legal way to cast an absentee ballot per Wisconsin law is to either mail the ballot in or turn it into the municipal clerk. Drop boxes are not allowed under Wisconsin law unless it is staffed by the clerk and located at the office of the clerk or a properly designated alternate site.

The Commission also said that if you have requested an absentee ballot, to make sure it is returned as soon as possible. The U.S. Postal Service advises that it can take up to one week for mail to be delivered, so they recommend to turn the ballots into the municipal clerk.

The last day for municipal clerks to offer in-person absentee voting is April 3. However, some municipalities may end earlier, so it’s important to check with your municipal clerk.

You need to make sure to have an acceptable ID to vote, but according to the Elections Commission, the ID does not need to show your current address or have a star by it. A voter who does not have an acceptable photo ID must be offered a provisional ballot and the opportunity to submit a photo ID within three days after the election.

An acceptable photo ID used for voting must be unexpired or, if expired, must have expired after the date of the most recent general election on Nov. 3, 2020.

If there are any questions about if your ID is valid, visit the Bring It to the Ballot website or call 1-866-VOTE-WIS.

The Commission urges every voter to make sure they know where their polling place is to visit MyVote Wisconsin website for both verification and information about what will be on the ballot.

Voters can also check whether their registration is current. If it’s not, they can start the voter registration process online, print their filled-out voter registration form and bring it to the polls with them on Election Day so they can sign it in front of a poll worker.

If you are registering to vote, you will need to show a proof of residence document with your current name and address on it.

Other voter registration details can be found at the Voter Registration Guide.

Voters are reminded to make sure they are getting the facts about elections from official sources – your local and state election officials.

The polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. on April 5.

Many polling places in the Madison area have changed due to redistricting. The City of Madison Clerk’s Office sent postcards to voters in areas impacted by polling place changes in early March.

To look up your polling place, visit either the MyVote Wisconsin site or go to the City’s website. The City Clerk’s office recommends residents confirm their polling place before voting day on April 5. The polling places for the following districts are:

1 - Westminster Senior Apts, 6160 Dell Dr

2, 3 - Fire Station #14, 3201 Dairy Dr

4 - City Church, 4909 E Buckeye Rd

5, 6 - Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 1201 Droster Rd

7 - Door Creek Church, 6602 Dominion Dr

8 - Steamfitters Local 601 Training Ctr, 6310 Town Ctr Dr

9 - Oak Park Place, 718 Jupiter Dr

10 - Messiah Lutheran Church, 5202 Cottage Grove Rd

11 - New Beginnings Church, 602 Acewood Blvd

12 - American Family Insurance, 302 N Walbridge Ave

13, 27 - Hy-Vee, 3801 E Washington Ave

14 - Unity of Madison, 601 Tompkins Dr

15 - Lake Edge United Church of Christ, 4200 Buckeye Rd

16 - Pinney Library, 516 Cottage Grove Rd

17 - Lussier Family East YMCA, 711 Cottage Grove Rd

18 - Hawthorne Library, 2707 E Washington Ave

19 - Olbrich Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave

20, 21 - Nakoosa Trl Fleet Facility, 4151 Nakoosa Trl

22 - Fire Station #11, 4011 Morgan Way

23 - Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge, 5565 Tancho Dr

24, 25 - Eastside Lutheran, 2310 Independence Lane

26 - East Madison Community Center, 8 Straubel Ct

28 - Bashford United Methodist Church, 329 North St

29 - Madison College – Commercial, 2125 Commercial Ave

30, 41 - Tenney Park Pavilion, 402 N Thornton Ave

31 - Door Creek Church – Northside, 1181 N Sherman Ave

32 - Lakeview Library, 2845 N Sherman Ave

33 - Sherman Ave United Methodist Church, 3705 N Sherman Ave

34, 35 - Mallards Duck Blind Clubhouse, 2920 N Sherman Ave

36, 39 - Warner Park CRC, 1625 Northport Dr

37, 38 - Lakeview Lutheran Church, 4001 Mandrake Rd

40 - Bethany Evangelical Free Church, 301 Riverside Dr

42 - American Family DreamBank, 821 E Washington Ave

43 - Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 E Gorham St

44 - Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, 504 S Brearly St

45, 51 - Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

46 - Gates of Heaven, 302 E Gorham St

47 - Bethel Lutheran, 312 Wisconsin Ave

48 - Lowell Center, 610 Langdon St

49 - Hillel at the University of Wisconsin, 611 Langdon St

50 - Chazen Museum of Art, 750 University Ave

52 - Central Library, 201 W Mifflin St

53, 55 - Capitol Lakes, 333 W Main St

54 - Madison Senior Center, 330 W Mifflin St

56 - Nicholas Recreation Center, 797 W Dayton St

57 - Gordon Dining & Event Center, 770 W Dayton St

58 - Smith Hall, 35 N Park St

59 - Union South, 1308 W Dayton St

60 - Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St

61 - Dejope Residence Hall, 640 Elm Dr

62 - Eagle Heights Community Center, 611 Eagle Hts

63 - First Congregational Church, 1609 University Ave

64, 65 - Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 2111 Rowley Ave

66 - First Baptist Church, 518 N Franklin Ave

67 - Bethany United Methodist Church, 3910 Mineral Point Rd

68 - Brittingham Apts, 755 Braxton Pl

69 - St James Catholic School, 1204 St James Ct

70 - Edgewood College Rennebohm Library, 959 Edgewood College Dr

71 - Wingra School, 718 Gilmore St

72 - Trinity United Methodist Church. 1123 Vilas Ave

73 - Goodman Parks Maintenance Facility, 1402 Wingra Creek Pkwy

74 - Bridge – Lake Point – Waunona, 1917 Lake Point Dr

75 - Badger Rock Neighborhood Center, 501 E Badger Rd

76 - Catholic Multicultural Center, 1862 Beld St

77 - Village on Park, 2300 S Park St

78, 79 - Madison College Goodman South, 2429 Perry St

80 - UW Arboretum Visitor Center, 2880 Longenecker Dr

81 - Boys and Girls Club, 4619 Jenewein Rd

82, 83 - Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5701 Raymond Rd

84, 99 - Meadowridge Library, 5726 Raymond Rd

85, 86 - Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd

87, 88 - Covenant Presbyterian Church, 326 S Segoe Rd

89 - Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 110 N Whitney Way

90, 92 - Wellspring United Methodist, 5702 South Hill Dr

91 - Asbury United Methodist, 6101 University Ave

93, 115 - Lussier Community Education Ctr, 55 S Gammon Rd

94 - Oakwood Village University Woods, 6205 Mineral Point Rd

95, 97 - Our Redeemer Lutheran, 1701 McKenna Blvd

96 - Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N High Point Rd

98, 103 - Chapel Valley Church, 3102 Prairie Rd

100 - Park Edge Park Ridge Empl Ctr, 1233 McKenna Blvd

101 - Elver Park Shelter, 1250 McKenna Blvd

102 - Elver Park Neighborhood Center, 1201 McKenna Blvd

104 - Yahara Bay Distillery, 6250 Nesbitt Rd #200

105, 106 - Staybridge Suites, 2916 Hardrock Rd

107, 111 - Point of Grace Church, 7026 Raymond Rd

108, 109, 110 - Coventry Village, 7707 N Brookline Dr

112, 113, 118 - Blackhawk Church, 9620 Brader Way

114 - Fire Station #12, 400 South Point Rd

116 - High Point Church, 7702 Old Sauk Rd

117 - Attic Angel Association, 640 Junction Rd

119 - Middleton United Church of Christ, 645 Schewe Rd

clarification: This story previously stated, "Voters over the age of 60 who live in Wisconsin do not need to worry if they have not been able to renew their ID due to the pandemic. The DMV has extended the expiration date for people 60 and over whose driver license expired after March 12 2020, until May 21 2021." This exception is no longer in place. The error originated from a media release from the Wisconsin Election's Commission. NBC15 was informed of the error Friday. WEC regrets the error.

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