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

2020 Elections will be held as follows:
February 18, 2020 Spring Primary if needed
April 7, 2020 Spring Election
August 11, 2020 Partisan Primary
November 3, 2020 General Election

 2011 Ward Map

APRIL 3, 2020


Notice Is Hereby Given that an election is to be held in all wards and elections districts in the City of Richland Center, on the first Tuesday of April, 2019 beginning with the second day of said month, the following officers are to be elected.

An Alderperson for the First District ( Wards 1-2-3 ) for a term of two years to succeed Diane Cox, whose term will expire on April 21, 2020

An Alderperson for the Second District ( Wards 4-5-6 ) for a term of two years to succeed Travis Wertz, whose term will expire on April 21, 2020

An Alderperson for the Third District ( Wards 7-8-9 ) for a term of two years to succeed John Collins, whose term will expire on April 21, 2020

An Alderperson for the Fourth District ( Wards 10-11-12 ) for a term of two years to succeed Ryan Cairns, whose term will expire on April 21, 2020

Notice is further given that the first day to circulate nomination papers is December 1, 2019 and the final day for filing nomination papers in the office of the City Clerk is 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

Notice Is Further Given that if a primary is necessary, the primary will be held on the third Tuesday of February, 2020 being the 18th day of said month.

Given under my hand,
Done in the City of Richland Center This 15th day of November, 2019
Melinda D. Jones
City Clerk / Treasurer

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 Spring Election is December 1, 2019.  The last day for candidates to file nomination papers, declarations of candidacy and campaign registration statements (GAB-1) for the Spring Election is 5:00 p.m. on January 7, 2020.  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 27, 2019.

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.



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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Voter photo identification is required to vote: 


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 as soon as ballots are available.  If you are unable to vote in person, you may send a request for absentee voting to the above listed address.  All requests must be in writing and received by the Thursday prior to the election and we will mail the ballots.  Instructions may be found at  The link for the request for absentee ballot request is

Absentee voting at the nursing/assisted living homes will take place on _________ at the following locations:

     Schmitt Woodland Hills – 1400 W. Seminary Street at 8:30 a.m.
     Harvest Guest Home – 875 Westside Drive at 10:45 a.m.
     Our House Assisted Living – 240 and 250 N. Orange Street at 11:15 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.