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John Eyster
Thursday, November 1, 2012


The Wisconsin State Journal published a reminder last month with valuable information for persons who need specific factual information. ALERT: Early absentee voting ends tomorrow. Our WI Government Accountability Board report, “Until the end of business on Friday, November 2nd, voters can go to their municipal clerk's office and fill out their ballot.” Be sure to check with YOUR own local municipal clerk’s office for hours! Our General Election is next Tuesday, November 6!

Voting at polling places takes place on our national Election Day, next Tuesday, November 6th from 7 am until 8 pm.

GAB Director Kevin Kennedy appeared on WPT’s “Here & Now” to share information about early voting and NEW VOTER RULES (forewarned is forearmed!) You can use this link to watch that segment online, “Kennedy on WPT’s ‘Here & Now.’”

The MOST comprehensive online resource for voters is the GAB’s “Voter Information Center.” Check it out!

I voted EARLY! Did YOU? Remember: Early voting ends when your Municipal Clerk’s office closes tomorrow (Fri., 11/2)!

SAME DAY REGISTRATION TO VOTE was NOT repealed by our WI Governor and legislature! They did, however, change numerous parts of our WI VOTING LAWS! YOU should read Steven Verburg’s informative article, “Little-known change to voting law could cause major headache on Election Day” published by the Wisconsin State Journal on October 22, 2012. Forewarned is forearmed!

I am very thankful that the courts have prevented the irrational VOTER PHOTO ID LAW from being used on this ELECTION DAY 2012! I continue to wonder what the problem with voting in WISCONSIN really is. Tell me, please - write your comment – I’ll be reading. My own research tells me the GOAL of the law is REALLY to create barriers to VOTING! What a contrast to our usual WI PROGRESSIVE tradition which seeks to make VOTING UNIVERSAL among ALL US citizens!

The issue of felons voting illegally is a “red herring” to my mind. I know the technical reason that causes some felons to vote – the REAL issue, as I see it, is that OUR WI STATE CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES do NOT conscientiously follow-through with the paperwork to restore the FRANCHISE! Let’s deal with the REAL problem! If it isn't broken, don't FIX it! What do YOU think?

WI is a key “BATTLEGROUND STATE”! Witness the tsunami-like wave of campaign stops by all four of the TOP OF THE TICKET candidates: Obama and Biden. Romney and Ryan. If you are interested in more information with incisive analysis, I recommend that YOU read Craig Gilbert’s “Wisconsin Voter” feature articles in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He has done several features analyzing WI as a BATTLEGROND STATE. The latest was “Battleground states have little in common, except they’re in play.”

The "Wisconsin Voter" feature I found incisive was “Politically, some parts of state swing wildly.”

The list of “Wisconsin Voter” features published over the last few months will be found at the bottom of the online article. Use one of the links above and scroll down to “ARCHIVES.”

As of right now, as I am ready to put this post on my WE THE PEOPLE blog, the COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION DAY – November 6, 2012 from the GAB website is: “4 Days – 23 Hours – 28 Minutes – 22 Seconds.”

Here we go…

Mr. E.

Last updated: 10:33 am Wednesday, August 28, 2013

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor assigned with the online/distance education faculty of Viterbo University, LaCrosse. He continues his personal mission supporting democracy/civics education in Wisconsin K-12 schools through Project Citizen, We the People, Discovering Democracy (Milton HS). John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff or management.

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