Consider voting via absentee ballot before the Nov. 6 general election

The critical Nov. 6 general election is closer than you may think








How to obtain an absentee ballot

  1. Request an absen­tee bal­lot (in per­son, by email, online, or fax)
  2. Fill out the bal­lot
  3. Mail the bal­lot at least a week before the elec­tions.

Who is eligible to use an absentee ballot?

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.

Download an application for an absentee ballot

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

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:

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.  

Or request an application for an absentee ballot by email, online or fax

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 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  

How to complete an absentee ballot

You can find detailed instruc­tions for com­plet­ing your absen­tee bal­lot here: Uni­form Instruc­tions for Absen­tee Vot­ers.

Deadlines for returning your absentee ballot

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.

Or you can vote your absentee ballot in person

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

When can you vote using an -in-person absentee ballot

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.

Who is 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: 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.


Use the button below to request an absentee ballot today

Josh Kaul (attorney general candidates), Ann Groves Lloyd (42nd assembly district) joining us for Sept. 1 meeting at Caestecker Public Library

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.”

Josh went to col­lege at Yale, where he met his wife, Lind­sey. He majored in his­to­ry and eco­nom­ics and grad­u­at­ed with hon­ors. He then attend­ed Stan­ford Law School, where he served as Pres­i­dent of the Stan­ford Law Review. 
More on John Kaul:
Jour­nal Sen­tinel arti­cle on Kaul;‘s announce­ment that he was run­ning for the attor­ney gen­er­al post.

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.

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As expected, Republicans in Green Lake County outpoll Democrats during partisan primary

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.


The next time you encounter a political candidate, like Joan Ballweg, ask them one or more of these questions

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. 

View Ballweg’s email address and her phone num­ber.

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 endorses Tony Evers in race for the governor, pledges to help elect Sen. Baldwin and other Dems this November

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,


Barnes easily tops Kober to earn right to challenge Kleefisch in the lieutenant governor’s race in November

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.


Mandela Barnes Vote Total

Kurt Kober Vote Total

OPINION: If elected, Evers could be key check on future Republican redistricting efforts

By Mal­colm McIn­tyre

Look­ing for anoth­er rea­son to sup­port Tony Evers in his bat­tle to unseat incum­bent Repub­li­can Gov. Scott Walk­er. Con­sid­er this: The win­ner of the Nov. 6 gen­er­al elec­tion has veto pow­er over the redis­trict­ing that will take place in 2020. This means that if Evers wins he will serve as a check on the Repub­li­can legislature’s attempts to either keep the already gross­ly ger­ry­man­dered Con­gres­sion­al, state sen­ate and state assem­bly dis­tricts in the state or even worse, any attempts to make them even more Repub­li­can-friend­ly (is that pos­si­ble?).

Here is what Bal­lot­pe­dia wrote in a recent post: “The win­ner of the gen­er­al elec­tion will be involved in the state’s redis­trict­ing process fol­low­ing the 2020 cen­sus. Under Wis­con­sin state law, the state leg­is­la­ture is respon­si­ble for draw­ing new maps for U.S. House and state leg­isla­tive seats fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of the cen­sus. The gov­er­nor has the pow­er to veto these dis­trict map pro­pos­als. Click here for more infor­ma­tion on redis­trict­ing pro­ce­dures.

Vukmir tabbed to run against US Senator Baldwin; brace yourself, this one will be nasty and ugly

This is going to be nasty. Now that the par­ti­san pri­ma­ry elec­tions are over, buck­le your belts because the already heat­ed bat­tle for the U.S. Sen­ate seat now held by Tam­my Bald­win will get hot­ter.

On Tues­day, the Repub­li­cans tabbedf State Sen­a­tor Leah Vuk­mir to run against Bald­win. Vuk­mir, from Brook­field, defeat­ed Kevin Nichol­son, 217,023 to 190,040. Vuk­mir is a for­mer state chair for ALEC, the ultra con­ser­v­a­tive group giv­en a lot of cred­it for the Repub­li­can assault on col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing (Act10) and the party’s zeal for replac­ing Oba­macare.

Like Don­ald Trump? You’ll love Vuk­mir.

Bald­win told her sup­port­ers in Berlin last month that her seat in Wash­ing­ton has been tar­get­ed by the Repub­li­cans and that more mon­ey from out­side sources is being spent against her.  Bald­win is shown in the pho­to on the left with Frank Buress, who is run­ning for the 41st Assem­bly Dis­trict. The two were at a Bald­win ral­ly last month in Berlin.

A recent arti­cle “Wis­con­sin State Jour­nal” stat­ed, “Mean­while, Bald­win, D-Madi­son, has faced a neg­a­tive ad blitz that so far dwarfs any oth­er U.S. Sen­ate incum­bent seek­ing re-elec­tion this fall. Out­side groups have spent more than four times as much on neg­a­tive ads against her than against any oth­er sen­a­tor, the Cen­ter for Respon­sive Pol­i­tics data show.” View entire arti­cle.

And this was before the real bat­tle start­ed today. Hang on, it, because based on what we have seen so far, it is going to get nas­ti­er and ugli­er. Such is the state of pol­i­tics today in Trump World.