Madison: Referendum on Staggered Two-year Alder Terms on Spring 2023 Ballot
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~ With the 2023 Spring Election just three weeks away, Madison residents will have the opportunity to vote on several offices and referenda, including the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, Madison Alder Districts, and the vote for Madison Mayor. Additionally, six referendum questions will be on the ballot, one of which is a City of Madison Municipal referendum.

The City of Madison referendum asks voters to decide whether to stagger alder terms beginning in 2025. Currently, alder terms last two years with elections for all districts happening every other year in odd-numbered years. If passed, alders in even-numbered districts (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20) would be up for election in even-numbered years and alders in odd-numbered districts (1, 3, 5, 7 , 9 , 11 , 13 , 15 , 17 and 19) would be up for election in odd-numbered years. In 2025 specifically there would be one-year terms for alders in even-numbered districts while all other elections would have two year terms.

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Voters must register by March 15th to vote by mail or online or by 5pm on March 31 at the Clerk's Office. On Election Day itself voters can register at their polling location but must bring their ID and proof of address. To find out what is on your ballot or your polling location please visit or

The outcome of this referendum will determine whether changes to the size or terms of the Council are made by binding referendum; if passed it will take effect in the 2025 Spring Election. With so much at stake it is important that Madison residents make sure they are registered to vote and make their voices heard come April 4th!

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