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Dane County Clerk

Four-year termThe Dane County Clerk’s office issues marriage, hunting, and fishing licenses; coordinates county-wide elections; and maintains the records of the County Board of Supervisors. The County Clerk’s office works closely with the Dane County Board office staff. The annual salary for the office of Dane County Clerk in 2021 will be $119,912.

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    Scott McDonell
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues.

How should this office cope with likely budget limitations created by the pandemic?

What steps should the Clerk take to help all voters participate safely in elections?

How should this office assist municipal clerks in managing the impacts on election processes due to legal changes, the pandemic, and budget constraints?

In what city, village, or town do you vote? Dane County
Campaign email samcdonell@gmail.com
As I have in the past, I will fight hard to protect the right to vote for every individual in Dane County. There is a concerted effort at the State to prevent marginalized residents from voting. Voter ID, restrictive hours, and limits on early polling locations are just a few attempts. Then Republicans forced an election during the height of the pandemic, risking the lives of voters. I will work to make voting by mail a priority. Working with the Voter ID coalition, my office will reach out to voters to help them register and vote by mail this November.
Fortunately the Dane County Board and Executive have recognized the importance of elections and have allowed my office the resources to do my job. In addition, federal and state funds have been made available for pandemic and security expenses.
We need to make sure that all voters receive help to vote absentee this fall. The Elections Commission recently decided to mail absentee applications to most registered voters. That is a good start, but not enough. Dane County also needs a hotline for voters who need a witness signature or help uploading an ID to the registration system. We also need to reach out not just to registered voters but those not in the system yet - the ones most likely to struggle to vote.
I work very closely with local clerks to help them save costs and get the resources they need. I delivered the items they needed to sanitize and keep poll workers safe (PPE) during the April election. I also deployed the National Guard to help keep polling places open. I was also able to deliver over 160,000 envelopes at no cost to local clerks in order to handle the increase in absentee ballot requests.