In 2018, the Wisconsin partisan primary falls on August 14th. Political cynics, or, if you prefer, political realists, have noted that if you wanted to make it difficult for college students to vote, you couldn’t pick a better date than the day tens of thousands of University of Wisconsin students are homeless.
Every year, on August 14th all Madison one-year leases terminate and new leases do not begin until the following day, August 15th. That means all of those students living in rental apartments will have no fixed address on the same day they have to show proof of residency in order to vote.
The Madison City Clerk’s office is doing their best to stem the chaos and make sure students votes are counted. Joining O’Clock Buzz hosy Brian Standing is Madison’s city clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl.