You can now vote early in the 2022 Milwaukee mayoral primary

On Tuesday, February 15, Milwaukee will take a step closer to electing a new mayor when the city votes in the Spring 2022 primary. Don’t want to wait until the 15th to vote? Good news: you can vote in advance, from February 1 to February 11 (February 12 if you are already registered to vote at your current address).

First, make sure you are registered to vote. You can also register in person at your polling place.

Here’s where you can vote early:

Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building (841 N. Broadway, Room 102)
From Tuesday 1 February to Friday 11 February
Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
No weekend

Midtown Center (5700 W. Capitol Dr.)
From Tuesday 1 February to Saturday 12 February
Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Zablocki Library (3501 W. Oklahoma Ave.)
From Tuesday 1 February to Saturday 12 February
Mondays and Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Do you want to vote absent? Incredibly, you are allowed to! You have until Thursday, February 10 to request a postal vote. Drop off your completed ballot by mail or at one of those drop boxes located all over town. Drop boxes are open until 5 p.m. on February 15. They are legal!

So who’s on the ballot? Seven candidates are vying for the remaining two years of Tom Barrett’s mayoral term. (Barrett resigned early to become US Ambassador to Luxembourg, as we do.) The mayoral race is nonpartisan, so the top two voters will face off in the general election on Tuesday, April 5. Milwaukee County voters in Districts 1, 3 and 12 will also find a primary race for County Board of Supervisors.

Here are the candidates, listed in alphabetical order. VOTE!

• Current Alderman of Bay View, former County Supervisor
• Current chair of the Committee on Public Safety and Health, advocated for the return of a citywide mask mandate
• FUN FACT: She totally shot his campaign photos in Black Cat Alley

• Longtime South Side Councilor who did not stand for election in 2020
• Ran for mayor against Barrett in 2016, lost 70%-30%
• CURIOSITY: Organization of a “Burn The Masks” evening in June 2021 with ex-sheriff David Clarke

• Independent candidate leading a self-proclaimed campaign “The Poor’s Piece of the Cake”
• Tried to run under the slogan “NOT the white man’s female dog” in a previous campaign
• FUN FACT: Even though the news said she hadn’t been heard from by the mayor recently, she actually did

• Current Acting Mayor of Milwaukee
• Was (and still is) President of the Milwaukee Common Council
• FUN FACT: He’s a Batman fan!

• Current Sheriff of Milwaukee County, elected in 2018
• Served 25 years with the Milwaukee Police Department
• FUN FACT: Anyone in Lucas’ current job is better than David Clarke

• First-time political candidate
• Creation of SWARMM Events, which organizes Oktoberfest in Milwaukee, 12 Bars of Christmas and Shamrock Shuffle
• FUN FACT: Sampson recently sold the rights to four more SWARMM events—Donut & Coffee Fest, Milwaukee Taco Fest, Milwaukee Wing Fest, Milwaukee BBQ Fest—to OnMilwaukee.

• Currently serving a fifth term as a Wisconsin State Senator
• Ran for mayor against Barrett in 2020, lost 63% to 37%
• FUN FACT: All that bank teller stuff of 2018

Karen Kind

Liz Sumner

Pierre Tasé

• FUN FACT: Doesn’t want Glendale “to turn into an African slum, you know?”

Jennifer Courant

Eric Rorholm

• FUN FACT: Endorsed by the Milwaukee Democratic Socialists of America

Sheldon A. Wasserman (i)

Christian Saldivar Frias

Rosie King

Juan Miguel Martinez

• FUN FACT: Endorsed by the Milwaukee Democratic Socialists of America. A damn good writer.

Josh Zepnick

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