Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tues April 3 - Spring Elections

Make your plan to vote Tuesday, April 3rd!
A 10-YEAR TERM on the WI Supreme Court is on the line. 

Judge Rebecca Dallet is the clear choice. Dallet has served Wisconsinites for more than 20 years, first as a prosecutor and now as a judge. She believes in supporting working families, strong public schools, protections for clean air and water, strategies to end the opioid crisis, fighting for women’s rights, and standing up for victims of abuse. Along the way, she's earned the endorsement of over 200 judges.

Meanwhile, her opponent is the guy who defended Walker's gerrymandered maps and Act 10 in court.

Drop us a line here. Or, send us a message on Facebook or Twitter. We'll get back to you quickly. Always appreciate extra hands with this!


Amendment to WI State Constitution: Eliminate Office of State Treasurer

We recommend a "NO" vote to send the message that we don't want to concentrate any more power in the Governor's Mansion. It's not about small government or big government; it's about how power is allocated.

This article sets the stage well. The powers and duties of the State Treasurer have been whittled down to almost nothing over the last 30 years. A "Yes" vote would totally eliminate the office, and what little power remains would transfer to the Governor and Lt Governor.

Local School Referenda:

City of Rice Lake Referendum: Money Out of Politics

We recommend a "YES" vote to support an amendment to the US Constitution stating:
  1. Only human beings are endowed with constitutional rights – not corporations, unions, non-profits or other artificial entities; and
  2. Money is not speech, and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting speech.
There's just too darn much money in politics, and too much of it is secret. We need an amendment like this if we're ever going enact any real campaign finance reform. See more at Wisconsin United to Amend.

Check out this Rice Lake Chronotype column supporting a "YES" vote.

Other Local Offices:

Many local offices like School Boards, County Board, Town Boards, and Mayorships will be decided on April 3rd. While our party doesn't endorse in these races, we encourage everyone to be informed on and engaged with their local government. 

Click here to see exactly what's on your ballot. 

To learn more about the candidates and offices, you may want to talk to your neighbors or the candidates themselves. Here's a list of all the municipal officials in Barron County. Here's a list of current County Supervisors. You can watch recorded meetings for several local governmental bodies at Rice Lake Community Media.


Make your plan to vote on Tuesday, April 3... or Absentee!

Check out MyVote.WI.gov, and tell your friends about it! It's a great resource to confirm that you're registered to vote, know where to vote, how to get an absentee ballot, who to contact if you have questions, and more.

You need to have PHOTO ID on you to vote.

Do you have any of the following? (valid, or expired after 11/8/2016)
  • Wisconsin Driver's License
  • Wisconsin State ID Card
  • Military ID Card
  • US Passport
Yes? Good. You're all set! Bring one of those when you vote.

There are other forms of Photo ID that are valid to vote. These include Veterans Affairs Cards, Wisconsin Tribal IDs, Certificates of Naturalization, and some Student IDs. Each of these has slightly different requirements, however. Please take a minute and check BringItWisconsin.com to confirm that what you have will suffice for voting.

NEED AN ID? You can get a FREE Photo ID from the Wisconsin Dept of Motor Vehicles. Here's the DMV's Page outlining the process. Remember that not all DMV offices are open every day. Check your location's hours before you go.

Need help with Photo ID?
ACLU of WI - 608-285-2141
VoteRiders - 844-33-VTRID (844-338-8743)