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Volunteer To Help Absentee Voting At Madison Libraries For Election 2016

October 9, 2016

At least 8,698 Madison residents have cast their ballots at an In-Person Absentee Voting (IPAV) location over the past two weeks.  The number of ballots cast at the Library has been steadily increasing.  For example, there were 161 absentee ballots cast at Sequoya Library on the first day of absentee voting.  Now Sequoya Library is issuing 240 absentee ballots a day.  These numbers are likely to steadily increase as we get closer to Election Day.

Although they have wonderful attitudes about offering this service, early voting has overwhelmed library staff with this additional workload.  Libraries have been asking the Clerk’s Office for additional help, but the Clerk’s Office has fewer employees than the number of libraries we have in the City of Madison.  Over the past two weeks recruiting and training has taken place for 170 volunteers to help issue absentee ballots at the Library, but they still need additional volunteers.

Anyone willing to volunteer should attend a training where they will take an oath and learn each step of the process used to issue absentee ballots.  Training sessions are listed on the Clerk’s Office online calendar and website.  The following training sessions will be offered this week:

  • Tuesday, October 11, 3:00 p.m., in the City Clerk’s Office, 210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd #103
  • Tuesday, October 11, 7:00 p.m., at Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd
  • Tuesday, October 11, 8:00 p.m., at Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd
  • Wednesday, October 11, 10:30 a.m., in the City Clerk’s Office, 210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd #103
  • Friday, October 14, 12:30 p.m., at the Madison Water Utility, 119 E. Olin Ave.
  • Saturday, October 15, 12:00 p.m., in the City Clerk’s Office, 210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd #103

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