Fasten Your Seatbelts...
and take your vitamins, because the next seven weeks are going to have League members going at top speed!
- Early in-person absentee voting is going on already at many Dane County clerks’ offices. Check here for hours and locations.
- The City of Madison begins in-person absentee voting at all Madison Public Libraries (for city residents), at the City-County Building, and at the Streets Division East office on Monday (9/26). The Clerk needs experienced Special Registration Deputies (SRDs) to assist librarians with this first-ever project. Sign up here to get training to help with in-person absentee voting (IPAV). Sign up for a shift here if you are already IPAV-trained.
- Candidates' Answers is posted online. Print copies will be in the October 20th issue of Isthmus. We will print extra copies of the insert for use at in-person absentee voting locations.
- Tuesday (9/27) is National Voter Registration Day (NVRD). Co-President Kathy Fullin and Vice President Ingrid Rothe will speak about the work of the League and the Dane County Voter ID Coalition at a press conference held by Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl at Warner Park at 1 pm. (Watch the press conference here.)
- Also on NVRD... Members will be registering voters at Spectrum Brands. At UW–Madison, League members will be registering voters, recruiting students as Election Observers for the state League, and Ingrid Rothe will speak on a panel following the Wisconsin Union Directorate's screening of Electoral Dysfunction. The state League is also cosponsoring a talk by Ari Berman about his book Give Us the Ballot as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival.
- At the urging of Sun Prairie members, Mayor Esser has proclaimed Tuesday (9/27) Voter Registration Day in Sun Prairie.
- League members have already conducted or planned future registration and voter ID education events at high schools, UW-Madison, Madison College, Edgewood College, senior centers, and a number of businesses and large apartment complexes. This is in addition to regular registration “gigs” at the Downtown and Hill Farms farmers’ markets, the Job Center, and food pantries. See the links below to sign up to help! If you want to become a Special Registration Deputy for the City of Madison, the Clerk has one last training planned on October 1st.
- On October 1st, Membership Director Mary Anglim will be the Public Affairs speaker at the Madison Civics Club, where pollster Charles Franklin will be the keynote speaker. Registration ends Monday, September 26th, if you wish to attend.
- Wednesday, October 5th, LWVDC has its monthly forum at Capitol Lakes. The topic is Money in Politics and features Todd Berry of the Wisconsin Taxpayers’ Alliance and Kevin Kennedy, retired Director of the now-defunct Government Accountability Board. The public is encouraged to attend! Throughout the month, members will meet in smaller units to discuss the reading materials and what they learned at the forum.
- The Odyssey Project will have A Celebration of Voting on October 8th at the Urban League. The event is cosponsored by the state League.
- October 19th is the last day that Special Registration Deputies can register voters. After that, the City of Madison Clerk can still use help registering voters at in-person absentee voting stations at the libraries and at UW-Madison, Edgewood College, and the City-County building. Sign up here!
- In late October and early November, many of our members will also be attending training for their work as Chief Inspectors, Election Officials, and Rapid Response Team members on Election Day.
- On Wednesday, November 2, our monthly forum will be on Climate Change—a timely topic, especially because the City of Middleton has two referendum questions on their ballot about global warming.
- After Election Day, League members will be helping to contact provisional voters to help them get the documentation they need to have their provisional ballot be “cured” and counted.
- Friday night after the election, the canvass provides one last opportunity for League members to learn more about election logistics and to assist their local clerk to improve the voting process in their municipality.