PRIMARY ELECTION DAY TOMORROW (Tues., 8/14)!
PRIMARY ELECTION DAY TOMORROW (Tues., 8/14)!
With the news of PAUL RYAN’s selection to be MITT ROMNEY’s VP running mate, ATTENTION to our VERY SIGNIFICANT WI PRIMARY ELECTION DAY TOMORROW has been lessened.
It is VERY IMPORTANT that WE THE PEOPLE of WI do participate in the POLITICAL PARTY PARTISAN PRIMARY ELECTIONS TOMORROW!
For Republican voters, there is the very significant choice of a candidate from among the four (4) who are on the ballot. I hope you have informed yourself to cast a vote for the candidate which you are convinced will best reflect YOUR political stance. There are primary elections in some of the state and local districts too.
For Democratic voters, there is NO state-wide primary for the US Senate candidate. US House Member TAMMY BALDWIN, the representative of the 2nd House District, is the only candidate. There are, however, primary elections in some of the state and local districts too.
Our Rock County Clerk, Lori Stottler issued an informative e-mail this morning to all citizens who had requested election information. IF you would like to be on the list, contact Lori.
I am picking up some of the key points in her e-mail and HOPE that YOU will inform yourself to vote in our WI DIRECT OPEN PRIMARY TOMORROW.
If you want to check on the election night results tomorrow evening, Lori sent the link: Election Night Results.
She reported, “This is the best way to view results for Rock County, however, keep in mind that some contests cover the entire state or portions of other counties as well. Results will begin to show on the County Webpage before 8:30 pm and will update every 15-20 minutes until 100% has reported. I have decided NOT to set up the results projector in the Jury Assembly Room due to the website results being so current. If you choose to come to the courthouse, know that the only public viewing screen will be in the lobby of my office at the counter PC and space is limited.”
The Janesville Gazette has PRIMARY ELECTION INFORMATION in today’s edition, including the samples of the ballots being used tomorrow published in today’s Gazette as legally required.
Lori reminds us, “People can quickly and easily find their polling place, look up their voting records, or view their sample ballots and districts...at "WI Voter Public Access" - WI Government Accountability Board.
NEW to this page is the Voter Registration Module allowing NEW voters or those needing to register an address or name change to do so through the GAB's new CLICK & MAIL function!”
With all of the talk about PAUL RYAN being selected for the PRESIDENTIAL – VP BALLOT in November, Lori explains the clarification of the fact that PAUL RYAN will be the GOP candidate AND is running for re-election to his US Congress District #1 seat.
She writes, “Here's the scoop: His name WILL appear on the ballot tomorrow and in November as the Republican Candidate for Congress District 1. If the Romney/Ryan ticket won in November and he also won his seat in Congress, a SPECIAL election would be necessary (likely late 2012) to fill that vacancy.”
One understands her side-remark, “As if SIX elections weren't enough right?!?!?” HA!
Lori also provides “for those of you liking the State Statutes, refer to 8.03(2).”
Lori concludes, “Thanks for participating in WI elections - a very important civic and patriotic duty of EVERY American! See you at the polls!!!!!”
I HOPE SO, LORI! TRUTH BE TOLD, we KNOW that the turn-out of ELIGIBLE VOTERS will be a VERY SMALL PER CENTAGE!
The projection is 20%. That's 1 out of 5 eligible voters! What does that mean about the choice of CANDIDATES for public office? Just think: If 20% of eligible voters cast ballots tomorrow and IF 2/3 of those votes are for the four GOP US Senate candidates, ONLY 13.4% will SELECT the GOP US Senate candidate tomorrow! What do YOU think of this process in selecting the CANDIDATES from whom we will elect our next US Senator? Should we target MORE eligible voters voting OR accept that only 1 out of 5 eligible voters chooses to participate in the selection of the candidates? What do YOU think?
You may want to read through the WI Government Accountability Board’s resource, “Top 10 Things a Wisconsin Voter Should Know for Primary Day.”
IF you want to contact our Rock County Clerk Lori Stottler, here is her contact information: Rock County Courthouse ~ 51 S. Main Street ~ Janesville, WI 53545 – Office phone: (608)757-5660. Official e-mail: email@example.com. Facebook webpage URL: http://www.facebook.com/rockcountyclerk. Official Rock County website URL: http://www.co.rock.wi.us/countyclerk
Are YOU going to vote tomorrow? Perhaps you have already voted absentee (early)…
Here we go…
John Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor of political science at UW-Waukesha and an advocate for democracy/civics education in Wisconsin high schools. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.