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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mailbag: Wireman: Details on Absentee Ballot Procedure for Election

this weekend is the last chance to reach UW students who are leaving town or graduating, and educate them on how they can vote. Graduations will be this Saturday and Sunday at the Kohl Center, and that area would be a good place to reach students--a shift from about 11:45 to 2:15 on either day would reach students leaving the morning ceremony and coming for the afternoon ceremony. The attached flyer has been checked for accuracy by the city clerk's office, and gives students instructions on where to vote depending on their circumstances. It is designed to be printed double-sided--the absentee ballot request file on one side, and the student voter guide on the other side. If anyone knows already by tonight that they are interested in this, I would be happy to make copies by tomorrow morning. Unfortunately I am leaving town for a funeral so I can't do anything after tonight. But anyone is free to make copies of this material. Please forward this to anyone you know who might be interested in reaching out to students this weekend. I know I saw other groups out doing voter registration but didn't think to ask them how to contact them in the future. Thank you everyone for all the work you're doing! Sherri Swartz How Do I Vote in the June 5 Barrett-Walker Election? If you have voted with your Madison address in the past, and you are staying in Wisconsin until June 5 or plan to return to Wisconsin in the fall, you can: 1) Vote at the Madison City Clerk’s office, 210 Martin Luther King Blvd, Mon. May 21-Fri. June 1 (most days 8 AM-7PM, limited hours Memorial Day weekend). OR 2) Request an absentee ballot—see form on back. This form can be mailed to your summer address. OR 3) Vote from your hometown address, if it is in Wisconsin. (You cannot vote from a temporary summer address if you plan to return to Madison in the fall.) If you are staying in Madison after graduation, vote at your usual location, or vote early at the City Clerk’s office, 210 Martin Luther King Blvd, May 21-June 1. If you’ve never voted before in Madison, you can register when you vote. Bring an ID and proof of address to register as a new Madison voter. Call 266-4601 to find your voting location, or look it up on www.vpa.wi.gov. If you have never registered to vote in Madison and you are not living in Madison this summer, you must vote at your hometown address. You do NOT need a photo ID to vote in the June 5 recall special election. Questions? Call Madison City Clerk at 608-266-4601) 266-4601 Make Sure Your Absentee Ballot Gets Counted! Ten to 15 percent of absentee ballots do not get counted. To be counted, mail it early—postmarked no later than election day, seal and sign the envelope, have a witness sign the envelope, and make sure you’re registered at the address you use to vote! Absentee Ballot Request In order to receive an absentee ballot, you must be registered to vote at your current address. I request an absentee ballot for the elections I have checked below:  Recall Primary, May 8, 2012  Recall Election, June 5, 2012  Fall Primary Election, August 14, 2012  General/Presidential Election, November 6, 2012  All 2012 Elections in which I am eligible to vote  _ Name (please print) Residence Address Madison, WI Mailing Address (if different than Residence) – Send ballot to:  I have attached a copy of my Photo ID Card If sending a copy of your student ID, you must also send proof of current enrollment. Signature of Elector  Return to: Madison City Clerk 210 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd #103 Madison, WI 53703 ©2012 Wireman & Associates | 4001 Monona Dr, Madison WI 53717

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