Special Election for Milwaukee Mayor is Tuesday, April 5

Posted on 02/11/22

Local elections matter because local governments make lots of decisions that affect our day-to-day lives. They make decisions about how millions of local tax dollars are spent about things like public transit, school quality, policing and public safety, libraries, planning and zoning and much more.

Use these 5 tips to make sure YOUR vote counts!

1. Check your voter registration at My Vote Wisconsin. Update your voter information and register or re-register if you’ve moved since the last election. Click here to learn more about voter registration.  

2. Find out what’s on your ballot.  Your ballot and local election information are based on where you live. Visit  What's On My Ballot to view a sample ballot for your area. 

3. Request an absentee ballot if you plan to vote by mail.  Don’t wait until the last minute!  Allow enough time for mailing and make sure your absentee ballot is returned to your clerk by Election Day.   

4. If you plan to vote early,  click here to find your options.  Early voting starts March 22, but the days and hours vary by location. 

5. Find your polling place, if you plan to vote in person at the polls on April 5th.  Locations may have changed since the last election. Polls are open from 7 am – 8 pm. 

Make sure your voice is one that helps decide who Milwaukee’s next mayor should be and make your plan now to vote!

With that in mind, here are some important election dates and information about issues that are important to AARP in the mayor’s race in Milwaukee.

Important dates

March 8 - Last day to begin acquiring residence to vote in Spring Election. Voters moving after this date may vote from their prior address.
March 15 - Absentee Ballots Mailed.
March 16 - Online/by mail voter registration deadline. After this date, voters must register in person in the municipal clerk’s office or at their polling place.
March 22 - In person early voting can begin.
March 31 - Absentee ballot request deadline.
April 1 - Last day to register to vote in the clerk’s office before Election Day.
April 5 - Election Day
○ Polls are open from 7am-8 pm.
○ Voters can register in person on Election Day.
○ Deadline to return an absentee ballot is 8pm.

AARP Priority Issues for the Milwaukee Mayor’s Race   

Transportation & Walkability

  • Driving shouldn’t be the only way to get around. Dedicated bicycle lanes benefit non-drivers and drivers alike. Having a wide range of Public transit options is also important for those for those without cars or those who can no longer drive.
  • Pedestrians need safe sidewalks and crossable streets. This could mean making sure sidewalks are cleared and not crumbling and ensuring enough time to walk across the crosswalk at intersections.   
  • Reckless driving has reached critical levels making many areas unsafe.

Outdoor Spaces and Building

  • People need public places to gather — indoors and out. Green spaces, plentiful seating and accessible buildings (elevators, zero-step entrances, staircases with railings) can be used and enjoyed by people of all ages.

Affordable Housing

  • Affordable and accessible housing is an issue in nearly every community. Older adults who want to age in place are concerned about accessibility and affording their home, while young professionals are unable to find an affordable rental unit. 

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