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File #: 60738    Version: 1 Name: Potential IPAV Sites for August & November 2020
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 5/28/2020 In control: Clerk's Office
On agenda: 6/2/2020 Final action: 6/2/2020
Enactment date: 6/4/2020 Enactment #: RES-20-00428
Title: Establishing potential absentee voting locations for the 2020 Partisan Primary and General Election.
Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Sheri Carter, Syed Abbas, Arvina Martin, Max Prestigiacomo, Patrick W. Heck, Keith Furman, Michael E. Verveer, Shiva Bidar, Marsha A. Rummel, Michael J. Tierney, Lindsay Lemmer, Samba Baldeh, Donna V. Moreland, Grant Foster
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
6/2/20201 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt Under Suspension of Rules 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, and 2.25Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
5/28/20201 Clerk's Office RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - REPORT OF OFFICER  Action details Meeting details Not available

Fiscal Note

The proposed resolution establishes potential in-person absentee voting locations for the 2020 Partisan Primary and General Election. The Clerk’s Office 2020 Adopted Operating Budget included $130,000 in funding for hourly election aides for the August and November Elections. No additional appropriation is required.


Establishing potential absentee voting locations for the 2020 Partisan Primary and General Election.


WHEREAS, voting is both a right and the vital core of a healthy democracy; and


WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic has generated an increased interest in absentee voting, with 79.26% of ballots cast in the City of Madison Spring Election being absentee ballots; and


WHEREAS, voting by mail is not necessarily the best option for every voter; and


WHEREAS, the City is committed to facilitiating the right to vote while minimizing the risk of exposure to COVID-19; 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, it is inequitable to limit in-person absentee voting to Madison residents who are able to obtain transportation downtown; and


WHEREAS, offering in-person absentee voting 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 multiple locations for in-person absentee voting, dependent on public safety considerations and the guidance of Public Health Madison & Dane County.


If facilities are open to the public and Public Health Madison & Dane County approves the safety precautions in place, the following in-person absentee voting locations may be used for the 2020 Partisan Primary and General Election:

1.  City Clerk's Office, 210 Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard #103

2.  Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin Street

3.  Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Road

4.  Goodman South Madison Library, 2222 S. Park Street

5.  Hawthorne Library, 2707 E. Washington Avenue

6.  Lakeview Library, 2845 N. Sherman Avenue

7.  Meadowridge Library, 5726 Raymond Road

8.  Monroe Street Library, 1705 Monroe Street

9. Pinney Library, 516 Cottage Grove Road

10. Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Boulevard

11. UW-Madison Union South, 1308 W. Dayton Street

12. UW-Madison Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street

13. UW-Madison Student Activity Center, 333 E. Campus Mall

14. UW-Madison Health Services Learning Center, 750 Highland Avenue

15. Edgewood College - Wingra Commons in Predolin Hall

16. Madison College Truax Campus, 1701 Wright Street

17. Madison College South Campus, 2429 Perry Street

18. Streets East, 4602 Sycamore Avenue


If Public Health Madison & Dane County advises that curbside voting would be a safer option for voters, given the county's COVID-19 data and metrics, the Clerk's Office will work with other city agencies, community centers, the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Edgewood College, and places of worship to establish curbside voting locations throughout the City of Madison.