I voted yesterday after work, and if you live in the city of Madison, so can you.
The wait was about an hour; I was told it was longer at lunchtime, shorter during standard work hours. The atmosphere was pleasant and chatty. Lots of college students. A poster outside the city clerk’s office said that almost 10,000 people have already voted in person, and 10,000 more absentee ballots have been mailed.
Everyone’s expecting high turnout this year, and lawyers are already circling the polling places, making ready for the inevitable legal challenges arising from long lines, spoiled ballots, and tired voters and election workers. So if you want to do something civic-minded and non-partisan this election, go down to the city clerk and vote early. Every voter not at the polls on Election Day makes it that much more likely that everything goes smoothly.
The city clerk is at 210 MLK boulevard, and is open for voting 8am-7pm Mon-Thurs, 8am-4:30pm Friday, 8am-3pm Saturday. Last early voting is 5pm on November 3. If you’re not registered at your current address, bring proof of residence and they’ll register you on the spot. Bring a book. I had White Teeth, which is great so far.