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Member since: Thu Oct 10, 2019, 05:13 PM
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Former Election Official, voting rights wonk. We need lifetime voter registration from birth & citizenship, without any abridgments and a weekend national voting holiday. Let's get the 30% who never vote back voting for Dems.

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Court Changes Wisc Voter Registraion & Dates URGENT

WIsconsin's early voting, absentee voting or voting by mail (Your pick the name, even though the process is identical) will begin on September 18th, 2020.
for Uniformed and Overseas Citizens. The rest of us voters have even more hoops to jump through, thanks to the right wing anti-voting crowd.

The US 7th Federal Circuit Court ruled on June 30, 2020 on a One Wisconsin Institute (another right wing think tank) Case that further restricts voting rights in the nation's most gerrymandered state.

RESIDENCY:
It was 10 days to gain residency to vote..it is now 28 days to live in Wisc to be eligible to vote on Nov 3rd.
That means if you just moved there, you must register before October 6th or you will not be able to vote.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:
In-person absentee voting may be conducted beginning no earlier than 14 days prior to each election and ending no later than the Sunday prior to election day. No in-person absentee voting is allowed on the Monday prior to election day. ( I got my ballot for Aug 11th primary on June 26th).
There is no limit contained in the current law on the maximum number of hours that can be offered for in-person absentee voting and the law also does not establish a minimum number of hours that must be offered (although opportunities for in-person absentee voting must be offered). In-person absentee voting hours are also not required to be offered on each day of this time period. (Maybe 15mins on say, Oct 20th - the very earliest date and maybe, 15mins on Friday Oct 30th - the very last day to vote early)

OTHER CHANGES:
Absentee Ballot Certificate Envelope (Updated): State law requires the certification language on the absentee ballot return envelope to include the residency requirement in the voter affirmation section. Wis. Stat. § 6.87(2). Existing stock of return envelopes that list the 10-day standard may still be used, but the clerk should manually change the reference to the 28-day residency requirement, and initial this change, before issuing the return envelope to an absentee voter. ( Clerks with Sharpies, hand writing new dates on forms, because they won't print new registration forms, absentee ballot application forms and mailing envelopes for those types of ballots...what could go wrong here?)

The Court’s decision also affects several other changes to elections law that WEC staff is currently analyzing to determine their impact, including issues with university ID cards as proof of identification, and the ID Petition Process administered by the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles. ( So we have no idea what kinds of ID are going to be required to register to vote, or show at the polling locations on election day> Or what hours and locations will be available to voters to get a proper ID in Wisconsin, which the GOP closed over half the offices, cut hours by up to 70% and will certainly drag their asses in setting those dates).

The Wisc Elections Board was going to meet on Aug 25th to determine these dates & times, but have decided to kick it to Sept 1st., which they are meeting for the first time on these court ordered changes.

HAND WRITING ON VOTING FORMS? The clerks can only do this my hand, on every single form. Wisconsin may have well over a million absentee ballots.
What could possibly go wrong?

Court Changes Wisc Voter Registration & Voting Dates

WIsconsin's early voting, absentee voting or voting by mail (Your pick the name, even though the process is identical) will begin on September 18th, 2020.
for Uniformed and Overseas Citizens. The rest of us voters have even more hoops to jump through, thanks to the right wing anti-voting crowd.

The US 7th Federal Circuit Court ruled on June 30, 2020 on a One Wisconsin Institute (another right wing think tank) Case that further restricts voting rights in the nation's most gerrymandered state.

RESIDENCY:
It was 10 days to gain residency to vote..it is now 28 days to live in Wisc to be eligible to vote on Nov 3rd.
That means if you just moved there, you must register before October 6th or you will not be able to vote.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:
In-person absentee voting may be conducted beginning no earlier than 14 days prior to each election and ending no later than the Sunday prior to election day. No in-person absentee voting is allowed on the Monday prior to election day. ( I got my ballot for Aug 11th primary on June 26th).
There is no limit contained in the current law on the maximum number of hours that can be offered for in-person absentee voting and the law also does not establish a minimum number of hours that must be offered (although opportunities for in-person absentee voting must be offered). In-person absentee voting hours are also not required to be offered on each day of this time period. (Maybe 15mins on say, Oct 20th - the very earliest date and maybe, 15mins on Friday Oct 30th - the very last day to vote early)

OTHER CHANGES:
Absentee Ballot Certificate Envelope (Updated): State law requires the certification language on the absentee ballot return envelope to include the residency requirement in the voter affirmation section. Wis. Stat. § 6.87(2). Existing stock of return envelopes that list the 10-day standard may still be used, but the clerk should manually change the reference to the 28-day residency requirement, and initial this change, before issuing the return envelope to an absentee voter. ( Clerks with Sharpies, hand writing new dates on forms, because they won't print new registration forms, absentee ballot application forms and mailing envelopes for those types of ballots...what could go wrong here?)

The Court’s decision also affects several other changes to elections law that WEC staff is currently analyzing to determine their impact, including issues with university ID cards as proof of identification, and the ID Petition Process administered by the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles. ( So we have no idea what kinds of ID are going to be required to register to vote, or show at the polling locations on election day> Or what hours and locations will be available to voters to get a proper ID in Wisconsin, which the GOP closed over half the offices, cut hours by up to 70% and will certainly drag their asses in setting those dates).

The Wisc Elections Board was going to meet on Aug 25th to determine these dates & times, but have decided to kick it to Sept 1st., which they are meeting for the first time on these court ordered changes.

HAND WRITING ON VOTING FORMS? The clerks can only do this my hand, on every single form. Wisconsin may have well over a million absentee ballots.
What could possibly go wrong?

Biden's VP pick was a logical choice

POTUS candidates always have, and probably will, be required to consider just a few major issues when picking a running mate.
The common issues are economics, human rights and support for future benefits the federal government can provide society. 2020 is no different.
I think Biden had two major issues to consider;

1) Judicial reform.
This issue is at the forefront of the American mindset in 2020. We know there are huge problems in how our police are trained and funded.
We clearly do not want local police coming directly from international war zones and applying those military tactics to civil law.
Kamala Harris was and is, the best choice to bring judicial reforms. Another critical choice Biden can make, if elected, is who the US Atty Gen will be. He will need to pick a very aggressive legal progressive. A person who is a master at legal process and can refute Trump's SCOTUS puppets; maybe convincing Alito, Thomas, Kavanaugh and Gorsich to simply resign once their dissents are shown to be partisan instead of serious judicial thought. Harris would be able to do this, as the VP or the Atty General. Biden chose well by picking Harris. She is no Mike Pence and the nation will see what Pence really can offer in repairing the mess Trump created. Oh wait...Pence is a huge part of the mess and voters will not see Pence endorse reforms.

2) Economics.
Capitalism can always create more income, it's designed to do that. Any economy can gets into serious trouble; usually from war... but equally as a result of idiotic political actions and stunts; pandering tax cuts that don't really benefit society as a whole, ill-planned trade tariffs based on imaginary boogeymen and of course the nonsense that America is near bankrupt. We generate $30 Trillion annually, and if compared to the most common individual "debt threat" -- a 30 yr home mortgage, our potential $900 Trillion is useless and no bank will ever give us a mortgage. OK conservatives you keep saying we are broke and we will never make any money....EVER!
We need to spend money to operate as one of the world's nation states. All nations must do that. A VP pick for economic reasons, like Susan Rice, would be effective in repairing the horrific economic damage that Trump and, more importantly the GOP has caused since Reaganomics started targeting our societal needs as the enemy of economic progress. The pandemic is and must be a separate cost, policy does not mutate genetics. Policy mutilates fair economic practices.

We all want better and Trump has allowed us to focus ( or be woke) on some very specific changes that go beyond want, and become need.
America is superb at reforms and we need to eliminate the obstructionists, meaning neocon economics (think Kudlow-saurus) from the table.

Voter can and should punish the GOP for the mess they created and Biden's VP pick of Kamala Harris is certainly going to force the GOP to confront it's own outdated ideology. The 'tar pit' of history is now, clearly visible and voters only give the GOP that last little shove.

Today Aug 6 Last Day to Vote early WIsc

Your early voting ends in Wisconsin TODAY.

So go do it...
Check your registration and find your municipal clerk here:
https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/
Posted by SmartVoter22 | Thu Aug 6, 2020, 09:19 AM (0 replies)

Aug 6 TODAY is Last Day to Vote Early

Here's your last chance to get your vote in early.

Early Voting and Absentee Applications END TODAY in Wisconsin.

SO go to your municpal clerks office and cast your vote, or you will be required to vote in person next Tuesday.

Find Your Clerk & check your voting registration status...

https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/
Posted by SmartVoter22 | Thu Aug 6, 2020, 09:18 AM (0 replies)

Purge the GOP in november

What has that party done, in our best interests, since Walker was elected?
--Reduced access to vital services; police, fire, school, voting services have been restricted, reduced or eliminated.
--Census redistricting to create one of the worst gerrymanders in US history. We can't let them at that again.
--Corrupt legislative practices using ALEC and other lobbyists to write all legislation for them. They can't do it on thier own.
--Oil sand fracking is all but DOA, that cost us millions. Walker funded an airplane company...now bankrupt and we paid millions.
Many of the GOP 'efforts' were ruled unconstitutional by federal courts, sp why did they even write illegal laws...are they stupid or treasonous?

Walker lost and now we need to end the careers of Vos, Fitzgerald, Steineke and the rest of the lowlife toadies of bad corporates who seem to think the only way to run a business is by legislative favoritism. Can they make a product people might want? Time for the kids to take over those companies.

We can elect real people who can do the job, so to get the GOP back in line....they get a time out to change thier tune.

The world will not end, you will not be raped, or robbed by illegals and you certainly will not see the end of civilization by purging the GOP.
The party will be forced to moderate and start picking candidates who understand, not be told, how the state govt operates.

Go vote NOW for Aug primary. Every municipal clerks office is open for voting.
START VOTING AT HOME, THIS YEAR AND EVERY YEAR

The GOP's "End of Civilization" Claims

The GOP political party & it's leaders, seem to go into 'insane, illogical and insultive' mode when they campaign.

Apparently, Trump claimed that if he loses, the US will end. Humanity will end. Completely and as fast as getting a $1 burger thru a drive in.

Please GOP & Trumpies & Conservatives, explain the actual steps Biden would take to accomplish this?
Be specific on how laws could be eliminated or replaced, by the whim of one man, without any legislative action to support the action of ending humanity.


The End of Civilization and a nation state, like the USA, is apparently something that one person could do, according to the Trump & his GOP Minions.

Grocers: No Mask... No Food!

Most grocery chains, across the country are taking control of the pandemic, without Trump's approval.
They, as businesses, are setting rules that require customers to wear masks when shopping.
In WIsconsin, it goes into effect Mon July 20th and the GOP controlled State Supreme Court can do nothing about it, as they did by ending the stay at home order there.
Many national chains are doing the same, and local businesses are following the lead.

This means no Trumpies can parade the canned goods aisles, without a mask.
This means they get no food if they do not wear a mask ( assuming they figure out how to even get into the store unmasked).

I don't think the Trumpies are going to like mail order food. Most Trumpies avoid buying online as that is seen as a socialist act.

Anyone want to order some ice cream or fresh seafood from Amazon and see what it looks like on delivery?

Any business can refuse service to anyone, and this step, shows business is finally taking logic into account.
Trump cannot do anything about it, the State GOPs' cannot do anything about it.

Now, it's time to pressure every business, you know, to do the same; hardware stores, gas stations, any retailer, any service provider.

Most grocers require masks w/o Trump approval

This is business doing the right thing.

You will not be able to get groceries, from the major grocery chains, starting Monday July 20, unless you wear a mask.

PickNSave
Krogers
Meijers
Festival
Woodmans...

Effectively making Trump useless. What's a loyal Trumpie to do?
I don't know, mail order food? Can't wait to see what the ice cream looks like on delivery.
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