Madison voters in favor of term limits for Common Council

MADISON, Wis. — Voters in Madison were asked their opinion on multiple questions about the makeup of the city’s Common Council as part of Tuesday’s spring election.

The questions were non-binding advisory referenda, meaning they won’t hold the power to make any changes themselves, but could be used as the city decides how to make its government more representative.

Currently, city alders serve two-year terms. The one question asked whether those terms should be four years instead. Voters said no to that with more than 55% of the vote.

Madison Ref: 4-Year Council Term

Madison Ref: 4-Year Council Term

  • No Winner 55.5%
    30,584
  • Yes   44.5%
    24,545
55,129
100.0% precincts reporting
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Another question asked whether council members should transition from part-time to full-time, with alders earning between $45,000 and $71,000 per year. Voters said no to that with more than 58% of the vote.

Madison Ref: Full-Time Council

Madison Ref: Full-Time Council

  • No Winner 58.3%
    32,125
  • Yes   41.7%
    22,961
55,086
100.0% precincts reporting
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The council current has 20 seats. A third question asked whether that should be increased, decreased, or stay the same. More than 70% of voters said that number should stay the same.

Madison Ref: Size of Council

Madison Ref: Size of Council

  • Remain the Same Winner 70.2%
    38,276
  • Be Reduced   16.4%
    8,967
  • Be Increased   13.4%
    7,283
54,526
100.0% precincts reporting
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Finally, a fourth question asked whether term limits should be introduced to the Common Council, with a maximum of 12 years on the council being allowed. Voters said yes to that, with more than 70% agreeing.

Madison Ref: 12-Year Term Limit

Madison Ref: 12-Year Term Limit

  • Yes Winner 71.0%
    39,227
  • No   29.0%
    16,056
55,283
100.0% precincts reporting
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