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File #: 44284    Version: Name: Absentee Voting Locations November 2016
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 8/31/2016 In control: Clerk's Office
On agenda: 9/6/2016 Final action: 9/6/2016
Enactment date: 9/9/2016 Enactment #: RES-16-00602
Title: Establishing absentee voting locations for the November 2016 General Election.
Sponsors: Paul R. Soglin, Michael E. Verveer, Sheri Carter, Maurice S. Cheeks, Ledell Zellers, Amanda Hall, Zach Wood, Larry Palm, Sara Eskrich, Shiva Bidar, Samba Baldeh, Matthew J. Phair, Tim Gruber, Steve King, Denise DeMarb, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Marsha A. Rummel
Attachments: 1. Version 1.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
9/6/20161 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt Under Suspension of Rules 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, and 2.25  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/6/20161 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt the Following Amendment(s)  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/6/20161 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt the Following Friendly Amendment(s)Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
9/6/20162 COMMON COUNCIL A vote was taken on the motion to adopt.Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
8/31/20161 Clerk's Office RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - MISC. ITEMS  Action details Meeting details Not available
Fiscal Note
In 2013 the Clerk's Office calculated the cost of postage, materials, and staff time required to issue an absentee, and found that it cost $0.55 to issue an absentee ballot in-person, and $4.79 to issue an absentee ballot through the mail. Establishing absentee voting locations throughout the City of Madison is likely to reduce the costs associated with mailing absentee ballots.
Establishing absentee voting locations for the November 2016 General Election.
WHEREAS, voting is both a right and the vital core of a healthy democracy; and

WHEREAS, the goal of the Madison City Clerk's Office is that each eligible voter will be able to cast a ballot and have that ballot counted; and

WHEREAS, the state-imposed restrictions on absentee voting locations and hours have been declared unconstitutional because they intentionally discriminated on the basis of race; and

WHEREAS, municipalities may now establish multiple sites for casting an absentee ballot; and

WHEREAS, offering multiple locations and extended hours for in-person absentee voting should reduce the amount of time absentee voters need to stand in line; and

WHEREAS, absentee ballots cast in-person are less likely to be rejected at the polls due to missing signatures or witness addresses; and

WHEREAS, it is inequitable to limit in-person absentee voting to Madison residents who are able to obtain transportation downtown; and

WHEREAS, offering extended in-person absentee voting hours at multiple sites throughout the City may further racial equity for residents who have not historically been involved in the voting process;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Madison chooses to make in-person absentee voting more accessible and equitable by establishing the following in-person absentee voting locations and hours for the November 2016 General Election:

City Clerk's Office
210 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd. #103
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, September 26 through ...

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