Tuesday, October 16, 2018

79 State Legislative & Two Statewide Candidates on 2018 Ballot Back Ending Partisan Gerrymandering



For Release: Tuesday - October 16, 2018


This Issue Looms Large as Election Day Nears

CC/WI announced on August 30th that we would be posting the names of all "pro-active" November 2018 election state legislative and statewide candidates who support non-partisan redistricting reform, and specifically, the "Iowa Plan." We have heard from, or know of, 79 state legislative and two statewide candidates who do so.

A total of 79 Democratic candidates and two Republican candidates support this critical and needed reform measure. We have not heard from any third party candidates to date.

Here is the updated list of supporters, as of this morning, October 16th.

There may be candidates for state office who support redistricting reform but are not yet on our radar screen. Any statewide or state legislative candidate (or their authorized proxy) who supports the "Iowa Plan" and would like to see their name listed on our site should contact CC/WI by phone at (608) 256-2686 (leave a message if no answer), by email or by letter: CC/WI, P.O. Box 2597, Madison, WI 53701-2597.

Citizens can urge candidates to support non-partisan redistricting reform and request that they get their names on this list. Candidates must be pro-active to have their names appear on this site. That shows us and the voters of Wisconsin that you are "paying attention" to this issue. So no complaints that CC/WI "should have known" of your support for this reform, please!

We will update the list constantly and have published a link to it in the sidebar of our website for anyone to check to see who is on it and therefore in support of the Iowa Plan.

There is more that you can do to advance non-partisan redistricting reform in Wisconsin in the next three weeks before the November 6th election.

First, you can download and print the postcard sized information sheet with questions to ask state legislative and statewide candidates at candidate forums and to distribute to your friends and family to do the same.

Challenging candidates in person or through the media to support redistricting reform is very powerful and effective.

Second, if you haven't done so yet, please "sign" the online petition in support of the "Iowa Plan" for Wisconsin and urge friends and family to do so as well. We already have just over 4,000 "signatures" and would love to have well over 5,000 to present to the new Wisconsin Legislature, after the election, in early 2019.

Let's make ending partisan gerrymandering a central focus during this election season and finally achieve the redistricting process Wisconsin voters of all political persuasions want and deserve.

On Wisconsin!




CONTACT:

Jay Heck
608/256-2686 (office)
608/512-9363 (cell)




Common Cause in Wisconsin
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Madison, WI  53703
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

What You Need to Know Now About the November 6th Midterm Election



For Release: Thursday - October 11, 2018


The Fall Midterm Election is less than four weeks away.


Let that sink in – and then, take action.

First, make sure you are registered to vote at your current address.

Visit the "My Voter Info" page at MyVoteWI.gov, and enter your name and date of birth to check your voter registration status. You need to have lived at your current address for at least 10 days prior to Election Day in order to register to vote in that election district or ward.

If you find out that you are not already registered to vote at your current residence, there are a number of ways to register:

Online.
Eligible voters in Wisconsin who have a valid Wisconsin driver license or a Wisconsin DMV-issued ID can register online at MyVote.WI.gov up to 20 days before the election in which they are planning to vote; for the Fall election, the last day to register online is next Wednesday, October 17th.

By Mail.
You can start your voter registration form online at MyVote.WI.gov – then print, sign and mail it to your municipal clerk along with a proof of residence (POR) document. Your form and POR must be postmarked to your municipal clerk no later than 20 days before the election in which you are planning to vote; for the Fall election, that date is Wednesday, October 17th.

In your Municipal Clerk’s Office.
You can register in-person in your municipal clerk’s office up until the 5pm (or close of business) on the Friday before the election in which you are planning to vote. For the Fall election, the last day to register in your clerk's office is next Friday, November 2nd. You'll need to bring a proof of residence document to complete your registration (this document can be shown electronically).

At the Polls on Election Day.
If you're unable to register by before the election, you can still register at your polling place on Election Day. You will need to present a proof of residence document when registering (again, this document can be shown electronically). If your driver’s license or state ID card has your current address, that’s all you need.

Examples of proof of residence documents are here.

Next, if you think there is any chance that you won't make it to the polls on November 6th, then vote early.

Early voting is available now in Madison and Milwaukee. To find out where and when you can cast an early, in-person absentee ballot in your city/town/village, contact your local municipal clerk’s office.

To preview your Election ballot, visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission's "What's on My Ballot" page and type in your address.

Here is more on what you need to know about casting an early, absentee ballot – in-person or by mail. Read it – and share this link widely.


And don't forget a photo ID.


You will need to present one of the acceptable IDs pictured left when voting in Wisconsin, so take a moment and check to see if you have the photo ID you need to cast a ballot early or on Election Day.

If you don't have an acceptable photo ID, review the information on our downloadable voter ID fact sheet and/or visit the Wisconsin Election Commission's voter photo ID website: Bring It to the Ballot.

You can also contact one of these nonpartisan voter ID hotline numbers for assistance: (608) 285-2141 or (414) 882-8622.

Are you (or do you know) a college student voting in Wisconsin?


Here are "Three Things College Students Need to Do To Vote in Wisconsin"


Want to do more? How about volunteering?


We've said many times that if we want our democracy to work, we have to show up. But for those without transportation to the polls, "showing up" can be tough, if not impossible.

In response to this need, CC/WI is once again identifying and recruiting organizations and individuals statewide who are willing to offer free rides to the polls during early voting, on Election Day, or both.

More information about the program and the link to our latest statewide list of these groups and individuals offering rides is here. Please share this widely! And check back regularly as we will be updating our list as more volunteers and organizations are added.

If you're interested in joining our team of volunteer drivers or know of any folks in your area offering this service, please contact CC/WI by email as soon as possible!

Another way you can help is by volunteering as an Election Observer.

With the prospect of potential confusion at the polls, volunteering to be a poll monitor is a critical way you can make a huge difference this election.

Our longtime partners, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, are providing online training, resources, and poll assignments to citizen volunteers statewide. Just sign up using the League's online Election Observer Volunteer Form.

Remember: in order to preserve and protect our democracy, we have to participate in it.

That means voting in this and every other election – and doing everything we can to make sure every eligible voter we know does the same.




Contact:


Sandra Miller
Director of Information Services & Outreach
608/658-2109
smiller@commoncause.org

Common Cause in Wisconsin
152 W. Johnson St., Suite 212
Madison, WI 53703
608/256-2686

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Common Cause in Wisconsin's 2018 Statewide List of "Free Rides to the Polls" for the Midterm Election



Thursday - October 4, 2018


Common Cause in Wisconsin today proudly unveils our 2018 statewide list of free rides to the polls for the midterm election.

Here's why we did this.

If we want our democracy to work, we have to show up. But for those without transportation to the polls, "showing up" can be tough, if not impossible.

Four years ago, our organization decided to do something to help.

The catalyst was a phone call we received in early fall of 2014 from an elderly voter in Caledonia. She wondered if we knew of anyone offering rides to the polls in her area. After much digging, we found an organization offering rides in her town – the Racine Interfaith Coalition. We then connected this voter with that group, and the story ended on a happy note.

But that voter’s call got us thinking...

What other organizations in Wisconsin might be offering rides in areas where few in their community know about this service? And wouldn't putting together and publishing a "master list" of these groups help raise awareness of these ride options?

So we scoured the web, and started making calls. Lots of calls. And while we discovered over a dozen advocacy groups, transit, cab and private companies offering rides to the polls, we also identified areas in Wisconsin where no one offered this assistance.

As a result, we added our own organization to the list of those offering rides, and began recruiting volunteer drivers to try to shore up some of the gaps.

After starting small, we ran this program again two years later, in 2016 – with over 20 organizations and nearly 80 of our own drivers on the list – covering over 30 individual cities and towns, and over 30 entire counties.

This time around, we provided our volunteers with additional training and resources so they could ensure that their riders would be prepared to vote when they arrived at their polling place, making sure they had an ID acceptable for voting and (if they needed to register at the polls) a proof of residence document as well.

As we head into the 2018 midterm election, we are back at it, once again identifying and recruiting organizations and individuals statewide who are willing to offer free rides to the polls during early voting, on Election Day, or both. The first version of our list is now live. Check back regularly, as we will be updating our list when more volunteers and organizations are added.

And please share this list widely; the whole point is to let folks know that if they need a ride, help is available.

Want to do more?

Join our team of volunteer drivers – or let us know of any organizations in your area offering this service! Send an email to Sandra Miller at smiller@commoncause.org to learn more.

Remember, we're all in this together. So let's do what we can to make sure the voices of all eligible Wisconsin voters are heard at the ballot box this fall.



Contact:

Sandra Miller
Director of Information Services & Outreach
608/658-2109
smiller@commoncause.org

Common Cause in Wisconsin
152 W. Johnson St., Suite 212
Madison, WI 53703

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Join Common Cause in Wisconsin!
www.CommonCauseWisconsin.org


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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

75 State Legislative Candidates; Evers & La Follette Signal Support for Ending Partisan Gerrymandering



For Release: Tuesday - October 2, 2018


73 Democratic, 2 Republican State Legislative Candidates Back "Iowa Model"

Since CC/WI announced on August 30th that we would be posting the names of all "pro-active" November 2018 election state legislative and statewide candidates who support non-partisan redistricting reform, and specifically, the "Iowa Plan," we have heard from, or know of, 75 state legislative and two statewide candidates (Tony Evers and Doug La Follette) who do so.

A total of 75 Democratic candidates and two Republican candidates support this critical and needed reform measure. We have not heard from any third party candidates to date.

Here is the updated list of supporters, as of this morning, October 2nd.

There may be candidates for state office who support redistricting reform but are not yet on our radar screen. Any statewide or state legislative candidate (or their authorized proxy) who supports the "Iowa Plan" and would like to see their name listed on our site should contact CC/WI by phone at (608) 256-2686 (leave a message if no answer), by email or by letter: CC/WI, P.O. Box 2597, Madison, WI 53701-2597.

Citizens can urge candidates to support non-partisan redistricting reform and request that they get their names on this list. Candidates must be pro-active to have their names appear on this site. That shows us and the voters of Wisconsin that you are "paying attention" to this issue. So no complaints that CC/WI "should have known" of your support for this reform, please!

We will update the list constantly and have published a link to it in the sidebar of our website for anyone to check to see who is on it and therefore in support of the Iowa Plan.

There is more that you can do to advance non-partisan redistricting reform in Wisconsin in the next six weeks before the November 6th election.

First, you can download and print the postcard sized information sheet with questions to ask state legislative and statewide candidates at candidate forums and to distribute to your friends and family to do the same.

Challenging candidates in person or through the media to support redistricting reform is very powerful and effective.

Second, if you haven't done so yet, please "sign" the online petition in support of the "Iowa Plan" for Wisconsin and urge friends and family to do so as well. We already have just over 4,000 "signatures" and would love to have well over 5,000 to present to the new Wisconsin Legislature, after the election, in early 2019.

Let's make ending partisan gerrymandering a central focus during this election season and finally achieve the redistricting process Wisconsin voters of all political persuasions want and deserve.

On Wisconsin!




CONTACT:

Jay Heck
608/256-2686 (office)
608/512-9363 (cell)




Common Cause in Wisconsin
152 W. Johnson St., Suite 212
Madison, WI  53703
608/256-2686

Want Good Government?
Join Common Cause in Wisconsin!
www.CommonCauseWisconsin.org



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