April 2, 2021 @ 5:00 p.m.– Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot – Indefinitely Confined – If a voter is indefinitely confined your absentee ballot request must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 2, 2021.
April 2, 2021 @ 5:00 p.m.– Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot – Military – If a voter is in the military then your absentee ballot request must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 2, 2021.
March 23, 2021, possibly through April 4, 2021 – Deadline for In-Person Absentee – Voters can possibly request and vote an absentee ballot in-person in their municipal clerk’s office through April 4, 2021. Office hours vary by municipality. Some municipal offices may not offer additional in-person absentee hours Please contact your municipal clerk for absentee voting hours.
Absentee ballots have already gone out for those who have requested ballots. If you haven’t received yours, contact your municipal clerk. In person voting begins on Tuesday, February 2nd. Contact your clerk for times. Election Day is Tuesday, February 16th.
Those residing in the Shawano School District are encouraged to vote for fellow Shawano Dem member Robin Raber Bergeron for school board. Go to our website at http://shawano.wiscdems.com and scroll down to see a list of candidates and * by those that are recommended.
Shawano County Democrats held their Election of Officers recently. Newly elected officer results include Patty Luff filling the Second Vice Chair (and membership) position and Carrie Pitt replacing longtime Treasurer Bob Koch. We wish to welcome them as well as wish them well on their new positions.
We would also like to thank Denise Riley and Bob Koch who previously served in those positions. Kudos also goes to Kathy Nodolf who recently stepped down as our Facebook administrator.
Before you know it we will be involved in another campaign season. There will be primaries on February 16th for State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the District 3 Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Even though these are nonpartisan positions, it is important that we have the right people elected.
At our January 20th Zoom meeting we will have two of the seven candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Go to their websites to learn about them and download their nomination papers. Each of them would like help in getting signatures. You can only sign one of the candidate’s nomination papers. Signing does not commit you to vote for them.
In the spring elections we will also elect local municipal representatives including school board members. If you are interested in running for office, you need to contact the Shawano County Clerk or go on-line and get nomination papers. Contact your school district’s main office for school board positions. Filing deadline is January 5th.
Let me know if you have any questions. There are excellent no-cost on-line trainings that you are welcome to attend.
Have a very Merry Christmas.
Jan Koch, Chair
Democratic Party of Shawano County
There is a possiblity that there will be a ballot recount. If it happens, it will start as early as Saturday, November 21st and run to December 3rd (we expect all counties to adjourn for Thanksgiving Day). The recount occurs simultaneously in 72 counties, so we need a lot of help to support this effort. We know if they count all the votes again, our win will be reaffirmed.
The Wisconsin Coordinated Campaign is offering several online training opportunities over the next few days to give interested folks an understanding of the commitment and how we can safely help observe the recount. You can sign up here to join.
After this first training, anyone who is still interested in helping will fill out an interest form to learn more about the next steps. While a recount may or may not happen, we won this election by a clear and decisive margin, and a recount will only reaffirm this victory. If you know of someone else who might be interested, please let them know. PPE masks, shields and hand sanitizer will be available and social distancing will be observed.
On this election eve the Democratic Party of Shawano County wishes to thank all of you who gave your support in this election. Whether you donated to our county party, local or the national Democratic candidates, or volunteered to make phone calls and/or did lit drops, we appreciate every effort.
If you are a poll watcher or are going to the polls tomorrow, keep your eyes open for anything that needs to be reported. Attorney Steve Menard is our contact for election security. Call him at 608-354-5592 if you see something he needs to know.
Remember to bring your sign wires to the office on Wednesday between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 pm. Join us for our next Zoom membership meeting on Nov. 18th at 7:00 pm where we will be celebrating the future.
OCTOBER 26TH DEBATE Eighth Congressional District Candidates Amanda Stuck and Mike Gallagher will have their first and only prime time television debate on October 26th from 9:00-10:00 pm on Channel 5. Amanda has run a great campaign but she needs this exposure to show everyone what a worthy candidate she is. Pass the word.