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Looking for another source for information on everything Buress for Assembly. Look no further. Buress, who is running for the 41st assembly district seat now held by Republican Joan Ballweg, has unveiled a new Buress for Assembly website. Buress says that when combined with the Buress of Assembly Facebook page, voters now have the total package.
When asked what is the difference between the two platforms, Buress says voters should consider the website as an online brochure and the Facebook page as a fluid, dynamic, interactive platform for messaging, announcements and notifications. “Different platforms and different roles,” Buress suggests.
The website. he added, has more in-depth information. For example, on the Issues page, voters will find a deeper dive into his positions on a core set of critical issues. On the Campaign Photos page visitors will find a photo gallery featuring photos from the campaign. There is also have a Volunteer page where his supporters can sign up to assist the campaign in a variety of ways.
Buress says his Facebook page remains the go-to source for breaking news and information. The Facebook page gives people opportunities to quickly share items with their friends, family, and acquaintances. It is, he concludes, the top source for time-sensitive announcements and news.
Any qualified elector (U.S. citizen, 18 years of age, who has resided in the district in which he or she intends to vote for at least 10 days) who registers to vote is eligible to request an absentee ballot. Under Wisconsin law, voters do not need a reason or excuse, such as being out of town on Election Day, to vote absentee. Any voter who prefers to vote by absentee ballot may request one. You have several options for requesting an absentee ballot and casting your vote.
If you are a registered Wisconsin voter, you can download the Application For Absentee Ballot (EL-121). Just complete the form and mail it to your municipal clerk’s office.
You can find your clerk at MyVote WI by searching for your voter record or performing an address search. You can also find your clerk by searching through the list of all Wisconsin municipal clerks.
Your application must be received by the clerk no later than 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be SENT to you.
You will also need to provide a copy of your acceptable photo ID with your request. If you have not previously provided a copy of photo ID, a copy of your photo ID must accompany your first application by mail. More information about photo ID can be found at www.bringit.wi.gov.
If you are not already registered, you will need to register to vote before an absentee ballot can be sent to you.
Voters who are indefinitely confined, meaning they have a difficult time getting to the polls due to age, illness, infirmity, or disability, may request that a ballot be automatically sent to them for each election.
Indefinitely confined voters do not need to provide a photo ID with their absentee ballot request. If you or someone you know are indefinitely confined you will make this designation in box 6 of the Application for Absentee Ballot (EL-121). More information on the exceptions to the photo ID law can be found at: http://bringit.wi.gov/are-there-exceptions-new-law
Military and Overseas voters have additional options for absentee ballot delivery. Click here for Military. Click here for Overseas. Military and permanent overseas voters do not need to provide a photo ID with their request.
Regular Wisconsin voters may also request that a ballot be sent to them by sending an e-mail or fax to their municipal clerk. Registered voters may also use www.myvote.wi.gov to request their absentee ballot by clicking “Vote Absentee.” This request must be made no later than 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be sent to you. If you have not previously provided a copy of photo ID, photo ID must accompany your application. More information about the photo ID requirement can be found at www.bringit.wi.gov.
You can find detailed instructions for completing your absentee ballot here: Uniform Instructions for Absentee Voters.
Your completed absentee ballot must be delivered no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. The U.S. Postal Service recommends absentee ballots be mailed one week before Election Day to arrive in time.
You can also vote absentee at your local municipal clerk’s office. If you apply for an absentee ballot in your municipal clerk’s office, or another designated location for in-person absentee voting, you will vote your ballot immediately in the clerk’s office, seal your ballot in the proper envelope, and return it to a member of the clerk’s staff. No ballots may be taken out of the clerk’s office.
You will need to show your acceptable photo ID for voting when voting by in-person absentee ballot. More information about acceptable photo IDs can be found at www.bringit.wi.gov.
Each city, village and town in Wisconsin is responsible for setting the dates and hours of in-person absentee voting for their municipality. To find the dates and hours for in-person absentee voting where you live, contact your municipal clerk.
The municipal clerk is the clerk for the City, Village or Town in Wisconsin where you reside.
If you do not know who your municipal clerk is, or where the clerk’s office is located, please use the MyVote Wisconsin website: myvote.wi.gov to locate your clerk’s contact information. You can also find your clerk by searching a list of all Wisconsin Municipal Clerk Contact Information.
This information is based on material presented to the public by the Wisconsin Elections Commission on its website. Information taken from the site on July 18, 2018.
Join us on Saturday, Sept. 1, to hear from Democrats Josh Kaul and Ann Groves Lloyd. Both candidates will be on the ballot on Nov. 6. The two headline our regular monthly meeting of the Green Lake County Dems & Friends at the Caestecker Public Library in Green Lake. Start time is 10 a.m. Like all meetings of the organization, it is open to the public. Kaul is battling incumbent Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel.
While Kaul is a first-time candidates for public office on the state level, he knows well the demands of the office as he is the son of the late Peg Lautenschlager, who served as the state’s attorney general from 2003 to 2007. She was the first woman to be elected to the position in Wisconsin history.
Kaul’s Facebook Page says he was a prosecutor in Baltimore, “one of America’s most violent cities. There, Josh prosecuted murderers, gang members, and drug traffickers, taking dangerous criminals off the street and making communities more secure. When Josh came home to Wisconsin to raise a family, he took on a new challenge: going to court to fight back against laws that make it harder for law-abiding citizens to vote. Josh has been involved in challenges to restrictive voting measures here in Wisconsin, in North Carolina, and in other states.
Josh knows the job of attorney general has never been more important or more complex. He’s running because he believes the attorney general needs to focus on protecting Wisconsin families, not on partisan politics.
Josh grew up in Oshkosh and Fond du Lac in a family of law enforcement professionals and teachers. He attended public schools and played football and baseball for the Fondy Cardinals. He is the owner of one share of the Green Bay Packers. Josh and his wife, Lindsey, are the proud parents of two young boys: Simon (3) and Henry (3 months). Josh took Simon to his first Badgers basketball game this past season.”
In June, Groves Lloyd lost a special election for the 42nd open assembly seat to Republican Jon Plummer. The opening was created when Gov. Scott Walker named the district’s sitting assembly representative to a state government position. Initially, Walker refused to call a special election, but relented after a court ruling said the voters in the district had a right to be represented; that they did not have to wait until the general election in November. So Plummer is now the incumbent in the Nov. 6 election and Groves Lloyd is the challenger.
Make of it what you will ….
As expected in Green Lake County, traditionally a Republican stronghold, GOP candidates for major statewide office outpolled Democrats by decisive margins.
For example, Incumbent Governor Scott Walker, who had only token opposition in the partisan primary, racked up 1,618 votes in the county. His running mate, incumbent Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, pulled in 1,619 (guess she is more popular than the governor).
On the Democratic side of the ledger, eight candidates split the votes cast. As expected, Tony Evers, the current Superintendent of Public Instruction, garnered the most support with 462 votes. Kelda Roys was next with 91 and in a bit of a surprise, Paul Soglin was third with 87. Statewide, Evers was first with 224,644, followed by Mitchell’s 88,077 and Roys’ 68,952.
The battle in Green Lake Countyfor the lieutenant governor on the Democratic side was closer with Mandela Barnes beating Kurt Kober, 503 to 346.
In the battle for the Senate seat now held by Tammy Baldwin, there was a hotly contested battle on the Republican side with Leah Vukmir outpolling Kevin Nicholson, 830 to 779. Baldwin, who was unopposed on the Democratic Party side, pulled in 887 votes.The Green Lake County Republicans, however, turned out a total of 1,609 voters, drawarfing the total (887) of the Democrats.
Republican strength was also evident as incumbent Congressman Glenn Grothman (6th District) came home with 1,617 votes. Democrat Dan Kohl, like Grothman running unopposed within the party, racked up 805 votes.
In another statewide race, for attorney general, Republican Brad Schmiel earned 1,599 votes in the county, while Josh Kaul, the Democrat, came in with 805 votes.
Voters, who had to choose which party they supported before voting, also gave an early indication of their continued support for incumbent Joan Ballweg in the 41st Assembly District. Ballweg, who has been elected to the seat seven times, had 1,417 votes in Green Lake County.
Democrat Frank Buress, who was unopposed, like Ballweg, was able to muster 756 votes in Green Lake County. The district, however, includes parts of seven additional counties so the Green Lake total is only part of the whole.
So, what does all this mean? Statewide there were more Democrats voting for their candidates on Aug. 14 than there were Republicans. This has to be a concern for the GOP. But for tthem, Green Lake County appears to be protected territory.
If you are not sure what to ask a political candidate the next time you run into one, consider asking one or more of these questions. We can’t take credit for the questions, however. The questions came from Matt Rothschild, the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.
If you do get a chance to ask a question of someone like Joan Ballweg, pictured above at Ripon College earlier this year, either in writing or in person, please record or jot down the answer and share it with us. We’d love to know where Ballweg, who represents the 41st Assembly District, stands on these issues.
1. Are you for banning gerrymandering in Wisconsin? In other words, do you back the Iowa model of independent, nonpartisan, and transparent map drawing by career civil servants – not the party in power?
2. Are you in favor of rewriting our campaign finance law to ban corporations, unions, and other groups from giving directly to political parties and legislative campaign committees?
3. Are you in favor of requiring those bogus “issue-advocacy” groups to disclose who is giving them money so that we can find out who is paying for all the mud they’re throwing at our screens in an election season?
4. Are you in favor of banning coordination between candidates and these bogus “issue-advocacy” groups?
5. Are you in favor of imposing a low ceiling on how much an individual can give to political parties? Right now in Wisconsin, the sky is the limit.
6. Are you in favor of imposing a low ceiling on how much an individual can give to a particular candidate? Right now, if you’re super rich, you may give $20,000 to each candidate for every statewide office: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and state supreme court justice.
7. Are you in favor of requiring donors to candidates to disclose the names of their employers, as campaigns were required to report for decades prior to the 2015 campaign finance law overhaul?
8. Are you in favor of public financing of elections?
9. Are you in favor of tight recusal rules for judges and justices when one of the parties to a case also happens to be, or represents, one of their big donors?
10. Are you in favor of amending the U.S. Constitution to proclaim, once and for all, that corporations aren’t persons and money isn’t speech?
Kelda Roys, who finished third in the Democratic Party partisan primary for the governor’s office on Tuesday, issued a statement today endorsing Evers and thanking all the Dems (68,965) who voted for her. Her statement follows:
“Thank you for supporting our vision of a better Wisconsin. Thank you for every phone call, every dollar, every knock, every hour, every tweet, every loving note, every time you said yes, and then yes again. To have come this far is truly an honor.
Your generosity and faith in me is a profound gift that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
I’m so proud of what we were able to accomplish together. We expanded the idea of what a governor looks like. Like Kathleen Falk showed me in 2001, and Mary Burke showed us in 2014, our children, girls and boys alike, have seen a woman run a strong campaign for governor. We showed that a parent of young kids can run for statewide office — we can be loving parents and competent professionals. We showed the world that breastfeeding moms are leaders who get things done.Most importantly, we built our campaign on making Wisconsin a place of opportunity and fairness again. Wisconsin will be a leader in healthcare, public education, and economic opportunity, with Tony Evers as our next governor.
I would like to congratulate Dr. Tony Evers on his victory tonight and I’m delighted to offer him my complete and enthusiastic support. Tony and I share the same goals — to build a Wisconsin worthy of the people who call it home. Tony will fight for our schools, expand our access to healthcare, raise wages, and protect our environment. Tony Evers must be our next governor.
I intend to spend the next 3 months working as hard as I can to help Tony win, to help Tammy Baldwin remain our champion in the Senate, and to elect many Democratic candidates to Congress and our state legislature. I urge everyone who supported me to commit now to working even harder than we have been to win in November.
Thank you for everything,
Mandela Barnes, who was a frequent visitor to Green Lake Co. Dems & Friends events this past year, won the Democratic Party’s node for lieutenant governor Tuesday in the partisan primary election. Barnes topped Kurt Kober, also another frequent visitor to our events. Both were at last week’s Green Lake County Fair in Green Lake.
Barnes received 326,051 or 68% of the votes in the partisan primary. Kober, from Sheboygan, received 153,698 or 32% of the votes cast by Democrats. He is pictured right in a photo taken earlier this year when he attended a 4-Co Candidates Forum in Wautoma, cp-hosted by the Green Lake Co. Dems & Friends.
A former state legislator, Barnes had to survive what in a close might have doomed his chances: three of the states newspapers did not include him as a candidate in published lists. Read article.