It's (finally) Election Day

Morning update: Tuesday, Nov. 8

It's (finally) Election Day
Photo by Hayley Sperling

Good morning, Madison!

We've finally made it to Election Day.

If you're one of the tens of thousands of Wisconsinites who have already voted, congrats on completing your civic duty! If you're like me and are heading to the polls today, here's a quick refresher on what's ahead.

Polling places are open on from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. All eligible voters in line at 8:00 p.m. get to vote. Type your address here to find your polling place.

If you're not already registered to vote, you can complete the process today as long as you bring proof of residence documents.

Don't forget your ID! Photo ID has been required for voting in Wisconsin since 2015. Once you get to the polls, you’ll have to show an original copy of an acceptable photo ID to vote. Check out all the valid voter ID options here.

If you have any questions about voting, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin is just a phone call away.

You can call or text their Voter Helpline at (608) 285-2141 to reach local nonpartisan voting experts who can answer your questions in English or Spanish.

Happy voting, friends.

— Hayley

P.S. Don't forget all three of the Madison Ian's are giving away free mac n' cheese pizza in celebration of Election Day starting at 5 p.m.

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🤧 RSV cases are on the rise.

🍺 Goodbye, Buckingham's.

  • Buckingham's Bar & Grill on Regent Street has closed to make room for a new development. After 12 years, the restaurant's last night was Monday.
  • According to the State Journal, developers plan to demolish the two-story historic building and construct a 10-story mixed-use structure with 178 apartments and room for commercial space. The project will also result in the demolition of the former Fraboni's Italian Specialties and Delicatessen, a church, and two houses.

🇺🇸 One last reminder to vote.

What you need to know about voting in Madison
The election is Nov. 8 and you probably have some questions.

♻️ You can keep recycling your food scraps even though the city's pilot program ended.

  • The city has been working to create a food waste collection service for a long time. Recently, a two-year pilot program funded by a federal grant came to an end. The program collected nearly 11,000 pounds of food scraps at two drop-off sites at weekly farmers’ markets.
  • Though that program has come to an end, the city is already planning something similar for 2023, the Cap Times reports. In the meantime, if you want to keep composting on your own, the news outlet put together a guide to get you started.
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🐶 Happy Take Me Home Tuesday! Meet Jack.

  • From Dane County Humane Society: Jack was transferred last month from an overcrowded shelter in Alabama to DCHS so we could help him find a new home.

    Jack, nearly 9 months old, is an exuberant boy who likes to play and learn. He likes to stay busy with learning new tasks or playing with puzzle toys. Jack is looking for a family who will work with him on his positive reinforcement training and take him on fun adventures. Because of his high energy, Jack’s ideal home would have humans who are teen-aged and older.

    Think Jack would make a great addition to your family? Learn more about him here.

💈 Your lunchtime read: Isaiah Valdes becomes first Smitty Scholarship honoree to finish apprenticeship, get barber license with JP Hair Design.

  • Via Madison365: "Isaiah Valdes recently finished his barber apprenticeship with JP Hair Design and became the first person to get his barber license under the Smitty Scholarship in honor of Madison’s first Black barber Taylor ‘Smitty’ Smith, a legendary and inspirational pioneer in his trade."
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