City of Madison Elections page

Madison wards - Ass. & Senate districts

Hours for early voting in Madison

Contact Your alderperson

Madison Ward Maps 2012

Madison Polling Places

Election Statistics

The resolution establishing MEAC, includes member qualifications

Apply to be appointed to the Committee

City Hall

WJS Editorial:  Take Oversight Job Seriously

What are national organizations saying?



Madison Election Advisory Committee

Contact person: Maribeth Witzel-Behl, City Clerk, 266-4601,

List of Members

2011 Meetings - Public Invited

2011   Date Agenda Minutes Notes
Jan. 12, 2011     debriefing Nov election, finalizing annual report
March 9, 2011      
May 18, 2011      
June 8, 2011 Agenda   Pollworker appreciation, debriefing from April election, redistricting, voter ID legislation, and legislation for online registration
July 13, 2011      
August 10, 2011      
Sept. 14, 2011     canceled due to lack of quorum
Oct. 12, 2011      
Nov. 9, 2011      
Dec. 14, 2011      


2010   Date Agenda Minutes Notes
Jan. 25, 2010 Agenda   canceled due to lack of quorum
March 15, 2010 Agenda Minutes legislative update, primary debriefing
April 14, 2010 Agenda Minutes legislation status, voter ed, pollworkers
May 12, 2010 Agenda Minutes Election debriefing
June 9, 2010 Agenda Minutes recruiting diverse pollworkers
August 4, 2010 Agenda   Canceled due to lack of quorum.
Sept. 29, 2010 Agenda    
Oct. 13, 2010      "I am a ballot" presentation; plans for fall in-person absentee voting
Dec. 1, 2010      


2009   Date Agenda Minutes Notes
Jan 13, 2009 Agenda Minutes Early voting proposal.  GAB representative will attend.
March 10, 2009 Agenda Minutes Non-felons in jail, eliminating Spring elections, Debriefing of Feb election
May 12, 2009 Agenda Minutes Debriefing; letter about ballot shortages; letter about AB-39
June 9, 2009 Agenda Minutes  
July 14, 2009 Agenda Minutes online registration, combine wards into reporting units
August 11, 2009 Agenda  

canceled due to lack of quorum

Nov. 16, 2009 Agenda Minutes Combining wards into reporting units, Early voting
Dec. 14, 2009 Agenda    


2007-8 Annual Report sent to Common Council Oct 28, 2008

2008   Date Agenda Minutes Notes
Jan 29, 2008 Agenda canceled winter storm.  accessibility, clerk's budget
March 11, 2008 Agenda Minutes Accessibility, new member, clerk's budget, primary debriefing
April 29, 2008 Agenda Minutes Accessibility, new voting machines, clerk's budget, spring election debriefing
June 10, 2008 Agenda canceled canceled due to confusion over start time
July 8, 2008 Agenda Minutes Municipal bldg, room 101. election of chair; new member; campus registration; pollworker recognition
August 12, 2008 Agenda  

Annual Report, Preparation for the Fall Elections, Accessibility, Voter Registration on Campus, and Introduction of the Deputy Clerk.

Sept. 10, 2008 Agenda minutes annual report, preparations for Nov election
Oct. 22, 2008 Agenda   preparations for Nov 4
Dec. 10, 2008 Agenda minutes absentee voting, debriefing, early voting proposal


2006-7   Date Agenda Minutes Notes
Aug 29, 2006   Minutes rotating chair, accessibility, Automark, SVRS
Dec 12, 2006 Agenda Minutes report on Nov election, budget, need for additional polling places
Jan 9, 2007 Agenda Minutes Spring elections, pollworker communication, additional polling places
Feb 13, 2007 Agenda Minutes Spring elections, additional polling places, buying new M100 tabulators,
March 13, 2007 Agenda Minutes annual report draft; post-election report; election of chair.  Feb primary debriefing
May 8, 2007 Agenda   Memo requesting elimination of Common Council meetings on election day.
June 12, 2007 Agenda Minutes Brandon's ordinance.  WSJ editorial    Paul's referral request     Paul's letter to WSJ
June 28, 2007 Agenda Minutes Brandon's ordinanceHatch Act Statute 7.30SEB policy.  Campaign finance forms
July 10, 2007 Agenda Minutes Report from MEAC to Common Council Malischke's August 11 proposal. 
Sept 25, 2007 Agenda   Canceled due to lack of quorum
Nov 13, 2007 Agenda Minutes Annual report of MEAC to Mayor and Common Council
Dec 11, 2007 Agenda   Canceled due to snow / lack of quorum.  Report of clerk on preparations for 2008

January 9  2007    Background on agenda items     Letter on pollworkers from FEW    Press Release on pollworkers from League of Women Voters

Madison’s Common Council voted on June 6, 2006 to establish a Madison Election Advisory Committee.  Here are the members.   They were approved at the August 1 meeting of the Common Council.  The city and county clerk will serve as non-voting members.

“The spirit of this committee is to take some of the electoral oversight outside of the administrative and political circles.  The idea is that citizens should have some capacity and formalized role in monitoring and providing advice.  …This is very Jeffersonian…  Let’s give citizens the ability to protect the right to vote and let’s learn from their wisdom.”  Austin King, President of the Madison Common Council, June 6, 2006.

The resolution describes committee duties as follows:

1) Evaluate current procedures for conducting elections.

2) Make recommendations for improvements in registration, polling places, voting equipment, election official training, ballots, absentee ballots, and tabulating votes.

3) Monitor elections for optimal and appropriate accuracy, convenience, fairness, and legality.

4) Evaluate and make recommendations on State and Federal law changes as it relates to elections.

5) Recommend methods to maintain proper balance between the security of elections, the openness of the process, and the right to a secret ballot.

6) Solicit public comments and recommendations.

7) Forward an annual report to the Common Council, Mayor, or City Clerk.

This series of web pages is written by Paul Malischke,  July 13, 2006.   Last updated Wednesday, August 13, 2014