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File #: 11408    Version: 1 Name: 2008 Voter Registration Month
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 7/24/2008 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: 9/2/2008 Final action: 9/2/2008
Enactment date: 9/3/2008 Enactment #: RES-08-00880
Title: Declaring September 10 - October 10, 2008, as Voter Registration Month in the City of Madison.
Sponsors: David J. Cieslewicz, Tim Bruer, Mark Clear, Zachariah Brandon, Joseph R. Clausius, Lauren Cnare, Judy Compton, Tim Gruber, Eli B. Judge, Julia S. Kerr, Brenda K. Konkel, Larry Palm, Thuy Pham-Remmele, Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Marsha A. Rummel, Jed Sanborn, Michael Schumacher, Paul E. Skidmore, Brian L. Solomon, Michael E. Verveer, Robbie Webber
Fiscal Note
No appropriation is required.
Declaring September 10 - October 10, 2008, as Voter Registration Month in the City of Madison.
WHEREAS, the right to vote in fair, accessible, and open elections is one of our most fundamental rights; and
WHEREAS, voter registration is a crucial part of our electoral process; and
WHEREAS, the Clerk's Office has processed over 30,000 voter registrations in 2008; and
WHEREAS, up to 40,000 additional Madison residents will need to register or update their registration before voting in the November 4 General Election; and
WHEREAS, the names of voters registered by October 15 will appear on the poll list, reducing long lines at the polls; and
WHEREAS, Madison residents can quickly register to vote at the City Clerk's Office, any Madison Public Library, or any Madison Fire Station; and
WHEREAS, nearly 600 individuals have been deputized to register voters in the City of Madison; and
WHEREAS, the City of Madison can save taxpayer dollars by processing voter registrations before the Statewide Voter Registration System becomes overwhelmed with statewide usage;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Madison Common Council declares September 10 - October 10, 2008, as VOTER REGISTRATION MONTH in the City of Madison; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that eligible voters who have moved within the City of Madison be encouraged to register to vote during that time, and then exercise their right to vote at the November 4 General Election.