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U.S. Supreme Court Decision Blocks Wisconsin Voter Photo ID Law
Late Thursday, October 9, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued an order blocking implementation of Wisconsin's voter photo ID law for the November 4, 2014 General Election. GAB will provide more information about the impact of this decision when it becomes available. Any information on the GAB website stating that voter photo ID is in effect for the November 4, 2014 General Election should be disregarded. Read more here . .
Fall 2014 Election: The General Election will be held Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Polls open at 7AM and close at 8PM. State offices to be elected include Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Representative in Congress, State Senator (odd-numbered districts) Representatives to the Assembly (all districts). Absentee Voting or Early Voting runs from October 20th to 31st. You can vote absentee at your local municipal clerk's office. In-person absentee voting (also known as early voting) runs on weekdays for two weeks before an election, ending at 5 p.m. or the close of business (whichever is later) on the Friday before the election.
State Senate and Assembly candidates in SW Wisconsin
To determine which voting districts you are located in and what your ballot will look like, click on MyVote.WI.gov, choose “Regular Voter”, and select either a voter or address search. Because of redistricting in 2011, district boundaries have changed dramatically.
One of the best ways to assess a candidate is to listen to a WisconsinEye interview with the candidate. Links are provided below.
State Senate District 17 (includes the following counties: Grant, Lafayette, Juneau, Richland, western part of Iowa County -- not the townships of Ridgeway, Brigham, Waldwick or Moscow --, western part of Green including Monroe, and parts of Sauk, Monroe and Vernon counties)
• Pat Bomhack (Democrat) – graduate of Stanford University, Masters degree from London School of Economics and attorney at law. Worked on the staffs of Rep. Ron Kind, Sen. Russ Feingold, Gov. Jim Doyle and Judge Bill Dyke. He wishes to reinvest in local public schools, protect our local environment and take big money out of politics. He would like to be an independent voice, as was Sen. Dale Schultz whose seat is being vacated. WisconsinEye interview here.
• Howard Marklein (Republican) – graduate of UW-Whitewater and CPA with Virchow Krause. Currently, he is a representative in Assembly District 51 and Chair of the Assembly Ways & Means Committee. His priorities are budget restraint, the use of generally accepted accounting procedures in state government and job creation. In the past, he has supported private school vouchers, iron mining in NW Wisconsin and eliminating collective bargaining for public employees. WisconsinEye interview here.
State Senate District 27 (includes the following counties: eastern Iowa county and parts of Dane, Green, Rock and Lafayette):
• Jon Erpenbach (Democrat) -- running unopposed. He has represented the 27th district since 1998, advocating for personal privacy, consumer protection, health insurance reform, proactive educational reforms, and the regulation of third party spending in elections.
State Assembly District 51
• Dick Cates (Democrat) – graduate of Dartmouth College; Ph.D. from UW-Madison. He operates the Cates Family Farm beef and dairy business. Currently a board member of the River Valley School District, he has held office in numerous agricultural and educational organizations. His priorities include adequately funding our rural public schools and focusing on job creation through broadband expansion, renewable energy development, farm-to-community food connections, infrastructure improvement and worker retraining for jobs in the 21st-century work place. WisconsinEye interview here.
• Todd Novak (Republican) – mayor of Dodgeville and previous Associate Editor of the Dodgeville Chronicle. He believes that elected officials should put people over politics, keeping expenses in check while delivering the services that residents expect. He would have voted for eliminating collective bargaining for public employees, would limit private school vouchers to failing schools, favors some local control over Common Core Standards in schools and supports Gov. Walker’s rejection of federal Medicaid funds. WisconsinEye interview here.
• Adam Laufenberg (Libertarian) – graduate of UW-Platteville. Currently, he is a route driver for Spee Dee Delivery. He believes that government needs to be scaled back drastically and personal freedoms increased. He favors the replacement of all federal income and payroll taxes by a single retail tax (the FairTax Plan), non-partisan redistricting and legalization of marijuana.
State Assembly District 80
• Sondy Pope-Roberts (Democrat) – running unopposed. Attended Madison Area Technical College and Edgewood College. She has been a member of the State Assembly since 2002, serving on the Rules, Education and Consumer Protection committees. WisconsinEye interview here.
State Assembly District 81
• Dave Considine (Democrat) – graduate of UW-Whitewater, Masters degree from Viterbo University. He has been a teacher in the Baraboo School District for 29 years. He stands for an increase in the minimum wage, restoration of collective bargaining rights, affordable health care, improved infrastructure, adequate school funding, clean and efficient energy production and protection of voting rights. WisconsinEye interview here.
• Ashton Kirsch (Republican) – graduate of UW-Madison and attorney at law. He favors private school vouchers under some circumstances, state control of public school standards, reducing taxes, drug testing of those receiving unemployment benefits and food stamps, and a freeze on state college tuitions. WisconsinEye interview here.
Links to the campaign websites of the candidates appearing on ballots in SW Wisconsin can be found in the table below:
|Governor||ROBERT BURKE (L)
DENNIS FEHR (P)
|Lieutenant Governor||JOSEPH BROST (L)|
|Attorney General||THOMAS A NELSON,SR (L)
|Secretary of State|
|State Treasurer||MATT ADAMCZYK (R)
DAVID L. SARTORI (D)
|Congressional District 2||MARK POCAN (D)
PETER THERON (R)
|State Senate District 17||PAT BOMHACK (D)
HOWARD MARKLEIN (R)
|State Senate District 27*||JON B. ERPENBACH (D)
|Assembly District 51||DICK CATES (D)
TODD NOVAK (R)
|ADAM LAUFENBERG (L)
|Assembly District 80*||SONDY POPE (D)
|Assembly District 81*||DAVE CONSIDINE (D)
ASHTON KIRSCH (R)
|Iowa County Sheriff||STEVE MICHEK|
|Iowa County Coroner||WENDELL F HAMLIN|
|Iowa County Clerk of Court||LIA N GUST|
Assembly 80 = Barneveld, Ridgeway, Waldwick, Hollandale, Moscow
Assembly 81 = Arena
State Senate 27 = Arena, Barneveld, Ridgeway, Waldwick, Hollandale, Moscow
STATE REFERENDUM - QUESTION 1: "Creation of a Transportation Fund. Shall section 9 (2) of article IV and section 11 of article VIII of the constitution be created to require that revenues generated by use of the state transportation system be deposited into a transportation fund administered by a department of transportation for the exclusive purpose of funding Wisconsin’s transportation systems and to prohibit any transfers or lapses from this fund?” YES ___ NO ____
IOWA COUNTY REFERENDUM - “Should Iowa County continue to financially support Bloomfield in its commitment to provide high quality rehabilitation and nursing care to the citizens of Iowa County?” YES___ NO___
DODGEVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENDUM - Shall the Dodgeville School District, Iowa County, Wisconsin be authorized to issue pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $48,000,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of constructing and equipping a new high school; acquiring land for the new high school building; remodeling the existing high school to repurpose the existing building for other classroom and related instructional, support and administrative needs to compensate for the closure of Ridgeway Elementary School; and acquiring furnishings, fixtures and equipment? YES_______ NO_______ (See Fact sheet here)
Where to Vote
The State of Wisconsin has updated their website for checking your voting status, it can now be found at: https://myvote.wi.gov/. You can see where to vote and what your sample ballot will look like by simply putting in your address, click here to try it out. You can also enter your name and see if you are registered to vote, by clicking here.
Voter Photo ID in Wisconsin
The U.S. Supreme Court has vacated the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals stay of the injunction against the voter photo ID provisions of 2011 Wisconsin Act 23. This means that as of Thursday, October 9, 2014, photo ID is NOT required to vote in Wisconsin. As a result, residents who are eligible to vote will NOT be required to show an ID at the time of voting. Other requirements that are in force include: 28-consecutive day residency, signature on poll list, a shortened timeline for absentee voting (see below), and prohibition of the use of a corroborator in lieu of proof of residence.
Voting Early or Absentee
Request an Absentee Ballot
Click here to get the GAB Form 121 - Absentee Ballot Request. This can all be done by mail or you can contact your town, village or city clerk’s office during office hours. If you live in a town, contact your town clerk via phone to set up an appointment to vote. Don’t know who your clerk is? Go to MyVote.WI.gov . Enter your name and date of birth, and at the bottom of the page that comes up you will find contact information for your municipal clerk.
Vote Early in Person at the Clerk’s Office
Absentee voting in the clerk’s office is now restricted to the two weeks before an election. Absentee voting ends at the close of business the Friday before the election. The new law prohibits absentee voting and voter registration the Saturday, Sunday or Monday before an election. To vote early go to your town, village or city clerk’s office during office hours or contact your town clerk via phone to set up an appointment to vote.
Voter Registration Changes
If you have not registered to vote, you are encouraged to register now!
You can register to vote up until the Friday before the election or on Election Day. You must reside at your address for 28 consecutive days to be eligible to vote, and you may no longer use a corroborating witness as proof of residence. Proof of residence is required when registering less than 20 days before an election, on Election Day, and for first time Wisconsin voters registering by mail. For more information on acceptable proof of residence documents contact your local municipal clerk.
The City of Dodgeville has issued a great 2 page document which summarizes the changes due to the Voter ID bill, click here to read it.
Learn More about the Candidates
A good resource for learning more about the candidates running on a statewide basis is Wisconsin Vote a service of Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio.
LOOKING FOR THE TRUTH about controversial political ads or claims?
Check out POLITIFACT WISCONSIN which is a nonpartisan fact-checking website that focuses on truth-telling in Wisconsin politics. FactCheck.org provides invaluable information on the national political scene. For Internet Rumors: See FactCheck Viral Spiral at http://factcheck.org/hot-topics/ or Snopes at http://www.snopes.com/politics/politics.asp
Interested in running for Office Yourself?
The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) has information about what it takes to get your name on the ballot. Click here to go to their site and learn more.
The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin (LWV) is another resource you can go turn to for information about what it takes to run for an office. Here is a link to their website.