Voting & Elections

Voting takes place at the Community Center
1050 North Orange Street
Richland Center, WI 53581
Polls open 7:00 AM and are closed at 8:00 PM


 We will be conducting a public test of the electronic voting equipment at the Municipal Building at 450 S. Main Street on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

Melinda D. Jones
City Clerk / Treasurer


2017 Election Dates:  February 21, April 4th 

Please register to vote in the City Clerk’s Office prior to the election date if you possibly can although you can register at the polls.   For more information on elections:

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In person absentee voting will be held at the City Clerk’s Office – 450 S. Main Street between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Absentee voting at the nursing/assisted living homes will take place on October 31, 2016 at the following locations:

     Schmitt Woodland Hills – 1400 W. Seminary Street at 8:00-10:30 a.m.
     Harvest Guest Home – 875 Westside Drive at 10:45 a.m.
     Our House Assisted Living – 240 and 250 N. Orange Street at 11:30 a.m.

The Community encourages all eligible citizens to exercise their right to vote.  Anyone wanting to vote needs to be a registered voter.  Please bring acceptable proof of residence with you to register.

Voter photo identification is required to vote: 

District 1 = Wards 1, 2, 3
District 2 = Wards 4, 5, 6
District 3 = Wards 7, 8, 9
District 4 = Wards 10, 11, 12

2011 Ward Map

2017 Elections:

February 21, 2017 – Primary
April 4, 2017 – Spring Election

Running for Local Office:

Once an individual completes the Declaration of Candidacy (GAB-162) they are able to circulation Nomination Papers (GAB-169).    The first day for candidates to circulate nomination papers for the 2016 Presidential Preference and Spring Election is December 1, 2015.  The last day for candidates to file nomination papers, declarations of candidacy and campaign registration statements (GAB-1) for the Presidential Preference and Spring Election is 5:00 p.m. on January 5, 2016.  Forms may be completed and/or picked up in the City Clerk/Treasurer’s office.  Those currently in office not seeking re-election must complete the Notification of Non-candidacy (GAB-163) by December 28, 2015.

Mayoral Candidates must obtain between 50-100 signatures on nomination papers – city wide.
Alderperson Candidates must obtain between 20-40 signatures on nomination papers in their district only.

Offices up for election in the Spring of 2017 are:
Alderperson Marie Rakow – District 1
Alderperson Lisa Miller – District 2
Alderperson Marsha Machotka – District 3
Alderperson Bill Kloehn- District 4