Wisconsin Elections

Badge - 2008 electionToday (Tuesday, April 7, 2015) is Wisconsin’s spring non-partisan election. A state Supreme Court race is on the ballot, as well as a proposed amendment to our state constitution and many local races for school board, mayor, and city council.

AFT-Wisconsin, along with other state labor organizations including the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, has endorsed Justice Ann Walsh Bradley for Wisconsin Supreme Court, and a “no” vote on the proposed constitutional amendment to take the selection of the Court’s Chief Justice out of the hands of Wisconsin voters.

Ann Walsh BradleyBradley, who lives in the Wausau area, has been on the Wisconsin Supreme Court for 20 years and is seeking a third term in the April 7 election. In its endorsement of her candidacy, the editorial board of the Wausau Daily Herald newspaper notes that, “She has demonstrated the value of judiciousness and the ability to separate her personal feelings from her legal interpretation. She has served Wisconsin well, and we wholeheartedly endorse her for a third term.”

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State law now requires that open registration end 20 days before an election and prohibits voter registration and in-person absentee voting on the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday before an election. But voters may still register at the polls on Election Day.

If your are not registered to vote, it’s not too late. However, you’ll need to be sure you have a Proof of Residence Document in order to register at the polls.

In addition, even if you’re registered, if you’ve moved since the last election (even within the same apartment building), you’ll need to change your address. Voters who register or change their address at the polls on Election Day must present proof of address. Proof of address may be presented in either a paper or an electronic format (smart phone, tablet, or laptop). Proof of Residence must contain both the voter’s current name and the voter’s current address. For a list of acceptable forms of Proof of Residence, visit the Madison City Clerk’s website download a fact sheet on Proof of Residence for voter registration from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

Ballot BoxNot sure you can make it to the polls for the Spring Election? Consider the “early voting option” available at your municipal clerk’s office. In-person absentee voting (aka “early voting”) for Madison residents started on Monday, March 23, 2015 and will end on Friday, April 3, 2015. Eligible votes may cast their ballots at Madison City Clerk’s office, Room 103 in the City County Building at 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.

If you are not a Madison resident, contact your municipal clerk for details about early voting schedules. If you do not know the identity and/or location of your municipal clerk, you can find this information at My Vote Wisconsin (a service of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board). Click on REGULAR VOTER and then use the ADDRESS SEARCH option to locate both your municipal clerk’s office and your polling place (if you plan to vote in-person on April 7, 2015).

SCFL LogoA message from South Central Federation of Labor President Kevin Gundlach:

Our work in our neighborhoods doesn’t end with the election. We are in this for the long run. At seven in the morning on Wednesday, volunteers were already calling to ask what we’re working on next. And later that evening, union organizers and activists were calling workers about their union locals, the issues they face, and the importance of getting involved.

Please join us next week as we review our hard work this election cycle, to appreciate the many things we’ve done well, and evaluate where we can improve. There will be a potluck and election debriefing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the Madison Labor Temple. For additional information about this event, call (608) 256-5111.

Solidarity imageA message from Local 243 President Marie Dusio:

For those of you mourning Tuesday’s election returns, you are not alone. Continue to reach out to each other for support and comfort. There were unions before there were collective bargaining laws. The only way we cease to be a union is if we stop acting as one. Just as love and justice might be denied by some, solidarity is just as real when you feel it – regardless of those who deny its existence. We only really lose if we stop caring and advocating for each other.

The faculty chapter officers have been working to try to get the recent ‘unconventional hiring’ addressed. As we see it, there are two issues: the hire itself and the ramifications of such a huge deviation from long-standing practice. We are at the point where we have requested a meeting with President Daniels, while simultaneously taking the issue to the Employee Relations Council. We are working with AFT staff and legal. Our deepest thanks to all who have helped us understand the issue more fully and acted in support of each other.

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Today is the last day for in-person absentee voting

October 31, 2014

Don’t be frightened away from voting by all the recent voter suppression legislation. Halloween (October 31, 2014) is the last day to complete an in-person absentee ballot at your local municipal clerk’s office. Otherwise, plan to cast your ballot at the polls on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

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