Established in 1847, the Town of Verona is a local unit of government within the County of Dane in the southern part of the state of Wisconsin. The Town is on the southwestern edge of Madison — Wisconsin's State Capital. The town of Verona has an estimated 2019 population of 1,998 and is part of the Verona Area School District.

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Town of Verona
7669 County Highway PD
Verona, WI 53593
Phone: 608-845-7187
Fax: 608-845-7143

Office Hours:
8:00am – 2:00pm M-F

Monthly Archives: April 2020

Annual Town Meeting Postponed to July 14th 2020

The Annual Town Meeting, regularly scheduled for April 21st at 7pm has been rescheduled to July 14th 2020.

A Message from Town Chair, Mark Geller:

Under the new 2019 Wisconsin Act 185, as the Town Chair, I have the authority to postpone the Annual Town Meeting to a date no less than 61 days from May 12th 2020.  The Annual Town meeting will therefore be held on July 14th, 2020.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

mgeller@town.verona.wi.us

Total Votes for the Town of Verona for the 2020 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Vote

The Town of Verona reports total votes for Wards 1-4: 845 (after count conducted on April 13, 2020

There were zero (0) Provisional Ballots at the close of the polls on April 7, 2020

Election in-person will take place as scheduled on April 7, 2020 from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM

The State of Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled yesterday that Governor Evers did not have the power to issue an executive order to delay today’s election.  Furthermore, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that absentee ballots, in order to be counted on April 13, 2020, must be postmarked no later than today.  Electors have the option of returning ballots via our drop box in the vestibule at the Town Hall until 8:00 PM this evening, otherwise, they cannot be counted without a postmark on/before April 7, 2020.

Statewide Election to Proceed on April 7th as Planned

The State Supreme court has overruled Governor Evers’ Executive Order postponing the election. As such, Town Hall will be open tomorrow from 7am to 8pm for in-person voting and same-day registration.  

Wisconsin allows election day registration, so if you need to update your address, name, or are new to the Town of Verona you may register and vote tomorrow.  Please bring proof of residency such as a utility bill or checking account statement that includes your name, address, and account number (please note you need to have resided locally for a minimum of 10 days prior to the election).  In order to receive a ballot, you will need to provide photo identification such as a Wisconsin Driver License or United States Passport.

Due to COVID-19, we ask that you not enter Town Hall if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: difficulty breathing, nasal congestion, cough, sore throat, or fever (chills, body aches, or temperature over 100.4 degrees F).  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may elect to vote curbside.  To exercise this option, call (608) 845-7187. 

When you arrive at the Town Hall (7669 County Highway PD), please use your elbow to activate the automatic door opener to enter the building.  Blue tape lines will indicate where to stand in order to follow social distancing protocols.  If you arrive with another voter in your family, please separate while waiting in line but keep your children by your side.  Please have your photo identification available to share with the poll book workers and state your name and address to allow both workers to turn to the same page in their respective poll books.  When requested, please place your ID on the platform in front of you so that it can be spun to each poll book worker.  The person working the ballot table will then issue your ballot.  Hand sanitizer will be available for your use once your retrieve your ID and ballot.  When waiting to place your voted ballot in the tabulator, please maintain adequate distancing between yourself and other voters.  Please refrain from engaging in social conversation and depart in a timely manner.  A portable wash station will be available if needed, as the public restrooms and water fountains will be closed.  Thank you for keeping our poll workers, staff and other town residents safe. 

Federal Court Order Affects Spring Election – Absentee Ballot Request and Receipt Deadlines Extended; Witness Signature Requirement Modified

This afternoon, Judge William Conley of the Western District of Wisconsin federal court has issued an order related to absentee ballots for next week’s Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary.  The Court ordered the following:

 

1)     The deadline for the receipt of absentee ballots is extended to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2020.  The Court specifically did not add a requirement for a postmarked-by deadline as long as the ballot is returned by the new deadline.

 

2)     The deadline for receipt of absentee ballot requests by mail, fax or email (and if deemed administratively feasible in the sole discretion of the WEC Administrator, online) is extended to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020. 

 

3)     A witness signature on the absentee ballot certificate envelope is not required if the absentee voter provides a written affirmation or other statement that they were unable to safely obtain a witness certification despite reasonable attempts to do so, provided the ballot is otherwise valid.

 

Judge Conley’s decision was issued in a set of three federal lawsuits which were consolidated and which requested various remedies related to the Spring Election.  The decision did not grant other requests such as postponing the election date or suspending and photo ID requirements for mail-in absentee voters.

Return of Mailed Absentee Ballots

As the number of requests for absentee ballots by mail has declined after Monday of this week, a number of you may be concerned whether you will be able to return a late-arriving ballot you have or will receive by mail.  Although I cannot release a ballot from our office by any means other than by mail, email, or fax, the law does not restrict a ballot’s return to mail only.  Each mailed ballot has return postage for your convenience, but you may want to consider returning the ballot sealed inside the security envelope (signed by the voter and witness, dated, with witness address) any time during the day or night including this weekend to meet the deadline on our before 8:00 PM on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.  Ballots received via mail after Tuesday April 7th will not be counted. There is a secure drop box to your right as you enter the first set of doors at our Town Hall: 7669 CTH PD in Verona.  There is an automatic door opener to avoid touching door handles.  Although I wipe down the drop box slot after its use during regular business hours, I obviously cannot do so outside of regular business hours.  You may want to open that security slot door with a glove, a facial tissue, a paper towel, or anything that will provide you a safe barrier.

If you have not requested a ballot be mailed to you (the deadline is this Thursday, April 2, 2020), another option is to stop in and vote in-person absentee.  You will need to bring in a Wisconsin photo ID or a suitable substitute like a U.S. Passport to receive a ballot.  You can do so until 2:00 PM, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Thursday, April 2, 2020, or between 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM on Friday, April 3, 2020.  The office will be closed to the public on Monday, April 6, 2020 to prepare for the election; you are still free to leave ballots in the drop box in the vestibule.  At this time, the election is scheduled as normal on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM so you can vote at that time if you so choose.  Please be aware that you must maintain a minimum of 6 feet between yourself and anyone else.  Couples should also maintain this same distance from each other when entering the building to protect our election workers.  You will need to bring a photo ID to receive a ballot. 

At this time, we strongly encourage residents to vote absentee by visiting our office during the hours mentioned above.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at (608) 807-4466 or at jwright@town.verona.wi.us.  

Many thanks,

John Wright

Town of Verona Clerk/Treasurer