Talk by Karen McKim (skip in ~1min) on WI voting machines, and our first time 2018 fall election audit of 5% of our voting machines. The talk was at the Milwaukee Linux Users Group meeting (MLUG) on Sat Nov 10. http://wisconsinelectionintegrity.org
By Co-Chair Barbara Dahlgren
Tonight (Friday, October 19th) the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) held a debate for the gubernatorial candidates, but they had no intention of including any of the other candidates who are on the ballot. All candidates filled out the appropriate paperwork and collected at least 2,000 signatures to legitimize their campaigns for ballot access; yet, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association believes attaching a dollar amount and corporate poll numbers (which often don’t include parties and candidates besides the Democratic and Republican candidates) are better deciding factors than the Constitution and the judgement of Wisconsinites to determine who they want to lead Wisconsin.
The Green Party and Dr. White’s gubernatorial campaign object to the WBA’s undemocratic omissions of candidates. The American tradition of debates should not be a private affair. Debates should be public events where all candidates can present their ideas in equal time to the public.
Original post from mwhite4gov (Candidate Forum).
There is a forum this afternoon at Edgewood High School, in the Krantz Center (2219 Monroe St, Madison, WI 53711), at 4:00 pm. If you are in the area or love to drive, stop by to give support to Michael White and listen to the wonderful discussion the candidates have.
If this is anything like the previous forum, it will be a calm, pleasant, and enjoyable discussion among the candidates.
Four Wisconsin Governor candidates gathered for a forum in Madison Thursday night:
- Maggie Turnbull (Independent)
- Phillip Anderson (Libertarian Party)
- Michael White (Green Party)
- Arnie Enz (Wisconsin party)
The numbers were small, but it made for wonderful discussion with each candidate on a more personal level.
The panel itself was calm, humorous, and informative. Of course, few minutes were allowed for each candidate to answer a question, but with no mud-slinging, great points and perspectives were made. In fact, it allowed a sharing of information and solutions for each person and candidate to learn from.
If anything should be taken from this forum, it’s the proof that a constructive discussion (not a debate) can allow us to cross parties, work together, learn from each other, and make informed and appropriate decisions that are better for everyone.
Check out the live-streamed forum:
More forums are being planned for the next months until the November election. Don’t forget to check back here for updates.
Join the People’s Climate March on September 8th at Zeidler Union Square, 301 W Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53203 Best link for RSVP.
100% clean energy
Get We Energies to go Coal-Free
Healthy communities Voter registration
Militarization of America
Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco – after the march
Updated: Includes Milwaukee County referendum
Various counties in Wisconsin are working to get cannabis legalization referendums on the November 6th ballot: Dane, La Crosse, Brown, Winnebago, and Rock county.
Dane county approved one step in the Executive committee with a unanimous vote. It will be taken to the next County Board meeting on July 12th.
La Crosse is in the same position (including a transportation funding referendum). They are already working on the wording of the question:
“Should cannabis (marijuana) be legalized in Wisconsin for use by adults 21 years or older, and be taxed and regulated like alcohol?”
Brown County will add an advisory referendum (as opposed to binding), meaning it will merely gauge the opinion of citizens.
Winnebago did not collectively agree to introduce the advisory referendum, but will reconsider it in July.
Rock County is still working on an advisory referendum. It will need to be approved by August 28th to make the November ballot. They are drafting the question as well:
“Should cannabis be legalized for adult use, taxed and regulated like alcohol, with the proceeds from the taxes used for education, healthcare and infrastructure?”
Marathon County is working on plans for their advisory referendum but is further behind than the counties above.
As reported by TMJ4 in May, a Milwaukee County Board Committee unanimously approved a proposal for an advisory referendum (again, not binding) on the November ballot. This still requires approval by the full board (confusing, right?).
The question proposed would allow citizens 21 or above to “engage in the personal use of marijuana, while also regulating commercial marijuana-related activities, and imposing a tax on the sale of marijuana.”
Notice it does not say “medical”. It says “personal”. As a reminder, TMJ4 mentions that the following states allow recreational cannabis usage: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Alaska, Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine.
If you’re in Milwaukee County or nearby, remember to participate in the groups striving to get cannabis on our referendum. Grow the Vote has a meeting July 12th, 7pm, at the Riverwest Public House Cooperative (calendar).
Let these moments of progress sink in and give you the extra push to help someone else’s cause (or your own). All hope is not lost. The people (you) make change.
Operation: Shake the Ground!
A grassroots protest will be held during the Foxconn Groundbreaking Ceremony on June 28th.
Noon on June 28th at Smolenski Park, 438 S. Stuart Rd. in Mt. Pleasant, WI (copy to calendar)
More details can be found here: Wiscommunity
Operation: Shake the Ground
We successfully got two of our candidates onto the ballot for August and November. Michael White is running for Governor, and Tiffany Anderson is joining him as Lieutenant Governor. Unfortunately, Nathan Pelkey (Treasurer) and Brad Karas (Secretary) didn’t make it on the ballot.
Many thanks to each petitioner who helped on this. Special thanks and gratitude to those petitioners who gather hundreds of signatures.
Onward to the campaign!
By Barbara Maniotis
Edited by Jon Henrich
For first-timers 🙂
- Use a clipboard with a rubber band holding the bottom, so the wind doesn’t catch you off-guard.
- Use a cover sheet in a plastic slip, with a picture of the candidate and a little information. (Put finished sheets away when completed.)
- You are allowed to fill out spaces, except for the signature space, if the elector has trouble with writing. The information has to be legible.
- Put the candidate forms back to back. Have them sign each, but only put the address on the first. You can finish the rest. (Filling out multiple forms can be frustrating for them.)
- Wear a button, T-shirt, etc. to identify as a Green Party worker.
Where to Petition
Festivals, parks, universities, community events, libraries, bus stops, anywhere people gather in public in large numbers.
The most effective spots are where people are waiting around for something. I have gotten some of my largest numbers in front of food trucks.
Door to door is okay, but that’s probably a max of 10 signatures an hour as opposed to a max of about 50 signatures an hour.
Make sure to get all your family and friends to sign. They are easy yes answers for you.
Don’t be timid if anyone tells you to leave. Sidewalks, street festivals, parks, bus stops, outside University buildings are all fair game. Don’t let any security tell you off because it is one of your first amendment rights.
If they try to debate you, it’s usually best to walk away (They don’t want to sign, and they are wasting your petitioning time.)
Remember the Pillars
Be able to recite a few things about the candidates, and if you are at a loss for words, remember the four pillars:
- Social justice
- Ecological wisdom
- Grassroots Democracy
Tips from WIGP Cochair Dave Schwab
“Excuse me, hi! Are you eligible to vote in Wisconsin?”
If yes: “Great, can you help me out quick with a signature to get Green candidates on the ballot and give people another choice?”
I ask them to help me out, because psychologically people are more inclined to help someone who is volunteering on the street than to do something for a cause they likely don’t know much about. The word “quick” reassures them it won’t take long.
Many people support giving people more choices on the ballot, even if they don’t support the Green Party in particular. If they are reluctant, I repeat, “This is just to get them on the ballot and give people another choice, it doesn’t mean you have to support them.”
- Focus on the common ground of agreeing with more choices on the ballot. You will generally work more quickly and effectively this way.
- Remember: it’s a numbers game. Some people will say yes and others will say no, but if we ask enough people then we’ll hit our target.
- Don’t take anything personally, and don’t engage with grumpy people.
- Take inspiration from the supportive people.
- Plan enough time to hit your personal signature goal.
Four clipboards is a bit of a challenge, but it’s doable. I’ve been petitioning with Nathan Pelkey, and if it seems people’s enthusiasm is waning after the first couple of sheets, I mention that my friend Nathan (right over there) is running for State Treasurer. They’re more likely to make the effort if they see you know the candidate, or if they see the candidate is out there working to get on the ballot. Since many of us know at least one candidate we’re petitioning for, this could really help.
- Make sure you can read what they wrote before letting them go, because you’ll need to fill the rest in.
- Go out to events with a buddy or a team to encourage each other and show new petitioners the ropes.
Have fun and be proud of yourself for working for a cause you believe in!
Notes by Tom Rodman
Setup the context quickly in your opening line:
“Help us put Green Party candidates on the fall Wisconsin ballot.”
- We need 2,500 signatures to put the Green party candidates on the fall (November) ballot.
- Consider taking a small cardboard box to hold at least two clipboards each with your nomination forms, and several pens. You can put signs on the cardboard box to explain the goal.
- Carefully use blue Painter’s tape to anchor a sheet for a different candidate on both the front and the back side of the clipboard.
- Have a couple of index cards – if you can not read their printing, have them print their name again on the index card, and then correct the form later.
- Have the signer fill out one candidate’s nomination form in full. Next have them sign and print first and last name for all the other candidate nomination forms; then you fill in the incomplete fields on the other nomination forms, copying from their first entry. They need to sign each form at minimum, since the signature cannot be forged.
- Do not fill in the page number field in lower left. That will be done by other Greens before final submission.
- Do not put the date in, at the bottom, until you are done collecting signatures for that sheet. That date must be the same day or later than any signature on the form.