It is uplifting to have both a governor and now a president who have our best interests in mind.
COVID relief is a prime example of what our Democratic leaders can do to help people. The passage of President Biden’s Build Back Better legislation is such a contrast to the state Republicans who did nothing for 288 days in 2020 to help Wisconsinites. Evers’ 2021-2023 budget has provisions for further relief.
Even though it has been proven the 2020 election results were accurate, the “Big Lie” continues to be a talking point among some Republicans, including our own senator, Ron Johnson. They are using this lie as a reason for passing more voter suppression legislation in states across the country including Wisconsin. We need to continue to be vigilant and let our representatives know that we wanted it easier for citizens to vote, not harder.
The Senate will soon be taking up the For the People Act (H.R 1) which has already been passed by the House of representatives. It would expand voting rights, get money out of politics, and limit partisan gerrymandering. We need to keep the pressure on our state and federal representatives to support these ideas.
The spring primary is an opportunity for you to show your support for public education. A vote for Jill Underly will allow Governor Evers to implement his vision for a return to a strong public education system in Wisconsin. You can request an absentee ballot at www.myvote.wi.gov. Ballots will be sent out by March 16th. Early in-person voting will begin on March 23rd. Exercise your right!
Don’t’ hesitate to contact us with your ideas or concerns.
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.
The Spring Primary made one thing clear: there is one true progressive public schools champion in the race for State Superintendent, and that’s Dr. Jill Underly. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is proud to endorse her campaign to become our next Superintendent at the Department of Public Instruction, a job once held by our own Governor Tony Evers.
Dr. Underly has more than two decades of public education experience, and has served kids pre-kindergarten through college, as a teacher, a principal, a mentor, and a district superintendent.
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.
With only nine days before the polls close I want to stress the importance of this election. It’s not just a race between Democrats and Republicans this time. It’s an election which will determine the direction of our country for the next four years and beyond.
We’ve all sensed the division around us. Some of us have been afraid to put a Biden sign in our yard or a banner on our house. Some of us no longer talk to people we used to call friends. Some of us can’t sleep at night because we are worried about the outcome of this election. All of us can’t wait for this nightmare to be over. We want a country that values sharing, decency and compassion for others.
ATTENTION ALL VOTERS WHO HAVEN’T SEND IN THEIR ABSENTEE BALLOTS:
If you haven’t voted yet, please take these announcements into consideration.
Tony Lee had just announced that he is a write-in candidate for State Senate District 2. If he receives 1700 write-in votes, he will be on the ballot in the November election against Rob Cowles. You can learn more about him by going to his Facebook page at “Tony Lee for State Senate” and looking for “My Story”.
Simon Moesch has announced that he is suspending his campaign for the 6th District Assembly seat. He has decided to pursue a master’s degree in public administration at this time. We wish him well in his studies and hope that he will bring his progressive views back to Shawano County.
On another note, the demand for Biden signs has been great. The Shawano County Dems have ordered 275 signs to tide us over until a vice president is announced and signs reflecting that are available. The signs on order should be arriving any day and an email will go out stating where they can be picked up.
Voting at the polls could be a challenge this year. Many municipalities have volunteers who are seniors. This year because of their concern for their health, they may decide they don’t want to be poll workers. Younger residents may be needed to step up. This is a paid position.
Poll observers will be needed to make sure there is no voter intimidation or suppression at the polls. A 90 minute virtual training by the Democratic Party will educate volunteers as to what to look for. You need to be available from 7am to 8pm on Election Day.