Good morning, Madison.

Today's the big day — Primary Day!

Have you voted yet? If not, do you have a plan to cast your ballot?

I know we've been talking a lot about this primary let's but run through the basics again, just for fun.

Are you registered? If so, nice! You're ready to go. But if you're not registered, or if you've moved since the last election, you'll have to bring that information up to date. Not to fret, you can register to vote at your polling place, you'll just need to be sure you have the proper proof of residency.

Do you know where to go? Check your polling place here. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you're in line by 8 p.m., you can vote.

Don't forget your ID! Photo identification is required for voting in Wisconsin. Your ID does not need to show your current address to be valid. Click here for a full list of acceptable IDs.

Do you know what's on the ballot? This is a partisan primary, so you may vote for candidates in one political party. The winners of the primary will compete in the Nov. 8 general election. You can check out a sample ballot for each party here.

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Do you have questions about today's primary? Here's who to call.

League of Women Voters of Dane Co. Voter Helpline: 608-285-2141
Disability Rights Wisconsin Voter Hotline: 1-844-347-8683
Election Protection Hotline: 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)

Happy voting, y'all.

— Hayley


🧑🏽‍🏫 MMSD and other local schools are desperately understaffed.

Image via JLA Architects

🚧 Goodbye Market Square Theater, hello housing.

🔍 The investigation into Henry Vilas Zoo is progressing.

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez / Unsplash

🐈 There's a vet shortage in Madison.

  • Well, there's a vet shortage across the country. Hospitals, clinics, and vet offices are understaffed, leaving some people to travel hours to get their pet the care it needs.
  • How did we get here? As Isthmus reports, staffing shortages are nothing new to the veterinary profession but the pandemic exacerbated the issue in several ways. First, more people have pets. The pandemic led to a boom in adoptions, meaning number of people who use veterinary services has increased greatly. Moreover, within the profession, more vets are finding higher compensation working at small animal practices, leading to a shortage in specialists, surgeons, and urgent care providers.
  • Listen to the story: Madison’s Vet Shortage With Judith Davidoff (WORT)

🌳 Check out the 2023 Wisconsin State Parks sticker.

  • The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced the winner of its state park sticker design contest earlier this month. Brooke Salomone, a senior at Brookfield East High School created the winning design, which will be printed on all 2023 state park and forest annual vehicle admission stickers.
  • Annual admission stickers cost $28 for Wisconsin residents or $38 for non-residents.

📈 Your lunchtime read: The Black Business Hub: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Generational Wealth Building, and More.

  • Via UMOJA: "Dr. Ruben L. Anthony Jr. has a gift for seeing potential in others, even before they see it in themselves. Equally, he can zero in on opportunities, where others only envision obstacles. The president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison is a visionary to be sure, but more importantly, he sees his vision through to reality.

    This might explain why hundreds would gather on an exceptionally frigid Friday afternoon in April to witness the groundbreaking of the $25.5 million Black Business Hub, and bear witness to a promise kept in constructing a vibrant commercial destination space in south Madison, where Black-owned businesses can thrive and establish generational wealth. It is being called the crowning jewel of the Urban League under Anthony’s leadership and his dynamic team."
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