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Grassroots North Shore is pleased to cosponsor this debate with the Ozaukee Democrats. We have a brief candidate statement from each one and links to each one's website or Facebook page so you can find out something about them before you attend.WHENJuly 22, 2020 at 6:30pmWHEREFacebook Live
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The following statements provide a quick overview of links to their campaign websites:
Congressional District 6
Michael Beardsley lives in Oshkosh and is a businessman with a global company. He supports single payer healthcare with a yearly cap on pharmaceutical costs, saying "We need leaders that are willing to bring the urgency and boldness to fight for [healthcare] plans that provide true change." He aims to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Mr. Beardsley supports the Green New Deal (H.R. 109). He supports a 1.5% cap on student loan interest, public and private. Especially in our rural areas, he plans to protect farmers from predatory patent lawsuits, compensate farmers for eco-systems improvements, ensure high-speed broadband and internet access, raise the minimum wage and tie it to productivity for future growth, and he plans to invest in public transportation. Further, Mr. Beardsley wants automatic voter registration at 18 years of age and to implement automatic Vote-by-Mail.
Matt Boor is an executive in business development in Manitowoc, WI. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from DePaul University and his MBA from Marquette University. Mr. Boor worked in the renewable energy sector for over 15 years, including time overseeing the Wind Energy Technology program at Lakeshore Technical College. He understands the field of renewables and sustainable living from both a technical and business perspective and is uniquely qualified to bring the promise of next generation energy solutions to Wisconsin. He believes that agriculture, renewable energy, expanded broadband access, and legal marijuana can all contribute to a revitalized rural economy. Mr. Boor says, “In 2020, Wisconsinites need broadband to do everything from taking a college course to applying for jobs to researching what kind of car they should purchase. As we develop a service-based economy, we need the infrastructure to support it.”
Jessica's family has called the 6th Congressional District home for 5 generations. Jessica King is a UW-Oshkosh graduate, lawyer, former Oshkosh Common Council member, and former State Senator. In 2011 Jessica became the 4th person in the history of Wisconsin to win a recall election when she was elected to serve in the State Senate. Today Jessica is running for the 6th Congressional District to ensure a strong, safe, healthy, and sustainable Wisconsin. Jessica's goal is to make sure that the 6th Congressional district of Wisconsin is thriving for her family and yours for generations to come, by focusing on healthcare, Wisconsin farming, and education. Ms. King supports criminal justice reform to ensure access to justice for all. Regarding healthcare, she supports affordable prescriptions, broader choice of health screenings, returning medical decisions to doctors instead of insurance companies or employers, and she would expand toward universal healthcare. Ms. King would provide patient advocates for those who are denied coverage by commercial insurers or government payers. Farmers would receive incentives for growing non-commodity food crops and have a safety net program to allow them to earn the cost of production of specialty crops. Ms. King is in favor of removing marijuana from the US DEA’s Schedule 1. Honeybee protection as livestock and habitat and best management practices need to be eligible for cost-sharing assistance and incentives. Net neutrality, privacy protection, and improving and protecting the rural broadband infrastructure are issues Ms. King wants to pursue for Wisconsinites.
Assembly District 11
Curtis Cook II (information coming soon, 6/12/2020)
Dora Drake (information coming soon, 6/12/2020)
Tomika Vukovic (information coming soon, 6/12/2020)
- Michael Beardsley
Assembly District 23: Deb Andraca
Grassroots North Shore endorses Deb Andraca, candidate for the 23rd Assembly District. We are impressed by her challenge to her Republican incumbent Jim Ott , especially in the area of sensible legislation for gun safety. Other key focuses in her campaign are protection and support for the environment and public schools. After earning a BA in political science and public relations and a MA in political management, she worked as Communications Director at the Environmental Law Policy Center of the Midwest. She has also done volunteer work with the Urban Ecology Center, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, and as past PTO president. Her work with these organizations shows us her potential as a legislator. Visit her website and her Facebook page for more insight.
Assembly District 24: Emily Siegrist
Grassroots North Shore endorses Emily Siegrist, candidate for the 24th Assembly District. She is strongly stepping up to run because she feels the Republican incumbent has been ignoring his constituents’ views, needs, and beliefs on key issues. As the mother of two young children, she supports reinvesting in public schools. As a veteran who served in the National Guard and as a nurse, she will put her skills to work expanding affordable health care for all in Wisconsin and advocating for veterans as they transition to civilian life. She will strengthen Wisconsin’s economy with emphasis on needed infrastructure, guided by respect for the environment. Her goals are our goals. Visit her website and her Facebook page for more insight.
Senate District 8: Neal Plotkin
Grassroots North Shore endorses Glendale resident Neal Plotkin, who is challenging Republican incumbent Alberta Darling for the Wisconsin State Senate District 8 seat. Neal credits his immigrant parents for instilling in him a strong work ethic that made him the first in his family to graduate from college. After building a successful career in sales and marketing, eventually owning his own agency, he believes new leadership is needed in Madison to (1) reverse the senseless deep cuts to public education and the UW-System; (2) support the Department of Natural Resources to guard Wisconsin’s environmental assets; (3) reduce property taxes to benefit all, not just big business and the politically connected. His values are needed in Madison. Visit his website and his Facebook page for more insight.
We've sent 2160 postcards to Democratic women in Ozaukee County. Now it's time to follow up with phone contacts. We'll use a Virtual Phone Bank, so you can do this job from home, on your own time. The purpose of the call is to make sure they got the postcard and to urge them to check their registration status on myvote.wi.gov and to use the online system to request an absentee ballot for the August 11 primary and the November 3 general election.
We need to make A LOT of phone calls and it will take a lot of volunteers to do accomplish our goals. So sign up!Become a volunteer
Because we cannot be certain that voting in person on Election Day will be safe either for voters or for poll workers, we urge everyone to plan to vote by absentee ballot. (If it is safe, you don't have to use the absentee ballot so you can still vote in person if you prefer.) The dates of the elections are August 11 for the partisan primary and November 3 for the national general election.
Requesting an absentee ballot online can be frustrating, but it does not have to be. The best way to accomplish the task is to use your smartphone or tablet. In the following illustration, a red arrow signifies a field you must complete. A blue arrow signifies the action to take when you have completed the screen.
Step 1: use an up-to-date browser (older ones are not well supported) and go to myvote.wi.gov.
Step 2: Choose "Vote Absentee" from the menu. The screen should look something like this illustration but it may be formatted differently depending on the device you are using:
Step 3: On the next screen, enter your name and date of birth. The system will then check to make sure you are a registered voter.
Step 4: Assuming you are a registered voter, you will next need to verify your name and address:
Step 5: Select the address you want your absentee ballot sent to. In most instances, you will choose your home address, but college students might well choose an address that is not the one they use when they're at school:
Step 6: On this screen you will choose the election(s) for which you want to vote with an absentee ballot. At this point in the year, you are required to request an absentee ballot for BOTH the August and the November elections. But remember that you can decide not to use the absentee ballot you receive in the mail. You can instead, if you choose, vote in person on election day.
Step 7: You will now be asked to upload a photo ID, usually your drivers license – but NOT A SELFIE!. (Here's a list of acceptable photo IDs.) If you have already done this before, you probably will not have to do it again. But some people have reported that they have needed to complete this step a second time, even though they used the system to request an absentee ballot in the past. Also, if you are using a computer with this system, you will need to take a photo of your ID, send it to yourself (sharing it and emailing it to yourself is usually the simplest method). Then save the photo from your email inbox. At that point, you can use the "Add Files +" button (see below) to upload your picture. If you are having trouble with the photo ID part of the process, please contact the Voter Protection Hotline at 608-336-3232.
If you are using a smart phone or tablet, the screen should look something like this:
After you click the button, the screen should display the following:
Using the camera in your device, take a picture of your photo ID and then click on "Use Photo."
Step 8: Congratulations! You're done.
Here's a video from the Democratic Party of Wisconsin that shows the steps on a smartphone. For some reason, the sound doesn't play for me (your results may vary) but the dynamic pictures of the screens are very clear. And here's another video, from Citizen Action of Wisconsin. It was made for the April 7 election, but the steps remain the same for every election. Just remember to choose "all elections this calendar year" rather than the April 7 election which is, of course, over and done with!
If you'd prefer to use another method, you can
Download and print a form, print a copy of your photo ID, and mail both documents to your municipal clerk. You can look up the clerk's name and address on myvote.wi.gov or find it on your municipality's website. Instead of putting your request form in the US mail, you can use a secure dropbox at your village or city hall to turn the documents in.
- Call, email or fax your municipal clerk. You can find contact information on your municipality's website or on myvote.wi.gov.
- Download and print a form, print a copy of your photo ID, and mail both documents to your municipal clerk. You can look up the clerk's name and address on myvote.wi.gov or find it on your municipality's website. Instead of putting your request form in the US mail, you can use a secure dropbox at your village or city hall to turn the documents in.
Nancy Kaplan published Grassroots North Shore Spring 2020 Endorsements in Home 2020-03-27 12:27:31 -0500
Our Spring 2020 Endorsements page is now up. On it you will see that we have endorsed Judge Jill Karofsky for Wisconsin State Supreme Court. We also have endorsed in two races for Circuit Court Judge in Milwaukee County. And we recommend voting YES on the Milwaukee County advisory referendum promoting a nonpartisan process for drawing new electoral maps in 2021. We have made no recommendation on the statewide, binding referendum on criminal justice reform.
We also have links to information about the two candidates for Milwaukee County Executive.
Know something about the two candidates running in the April 7 election to be Milwaukee County Executive. State Representative David Crowley and State Senator Chris Larson have both completed answers to a short questionnaire we have sent them. You can read them on our site.
Grassroots North Shore encourages everyone to stay safe and vote by mail. To do this, use your smartphone (a cell phone that has a camera and an internet connection) to access myvote.wi.gov. Once on the site, choose Vote Absentee. The site will walk you through the application process and will send the request form and your photo ID to the clerk of your municipality. But don't dither. The absentee ballot must be received by the municipal clerk by 8pm on April 7!
Revised: 3/26/2020 at 3:15 pm. Please note that it is now likely that there will be no open polling places on Election Day, April 7, 2020, at least in the City of Milwaukee. The only sure way to vote is to vote by mail with an absentee ballot. The rules for acquiring an absentee ballot have changed slightly to make it somewhat easier to obtain.
The coronavirus has disrupted most things, but our April 7 election remains on the schedule. You can of course show up at the polls on election day to cast your ballot (you can see a sample ballot and find your polling place at myvote.wi.gov) but you would be doing poll workers and yourself a huge favor if instead you vote by mail, using an absentee ballot.
There are TWO steps you have to perform:
- Request that your municipal clerk send you an absentee ballot.
- Fill out and mail the ballot back so that it arrives by 8pm on April 7 (otherwise your vote will not count).
To request an absentee ballot, you have to fill out a form. There are two routes you can take. The first is online.
- Use a computer or a smartphone and a browser to go to myvote.wi.gov.
- Click "Vote Absentee".
- Fill in your name and date of birth in the online application to check your registration status.
- Click the button "Request an Absentee Ballot" on the screen that displays your name, address, and registration status.
- Fill in the form requesting an absentee ballot. You can choose to request an absentee ballot for the April 7, 2020 election only or you can choose to request an absentee ballot for the August 11 election and the November 3 election as well. The request form may require you to upload a picture of your photo ID. Try to comply. If you cannot, go to the next step.
- Choose the box that says that you are "indefinitely confined." The coronavirus has rendered that statement true for everyone but do upload a picture of your photo ID if you are able to do so. If you are not able to upload a photo, choosing the box for indefinitely confined means that you will no longer need to provide a photo ID with your request form.
- The site will automatically send the request to your municipal clerk.
The second route is to print a copy of the form yourself. Once you have a copy, fill it out, and choose the box that says you're indefinitely confined if you are having a problem photographing and or printing a photo of your photo ID. Then mail the form to your municipal clerk. You can find a pdf of the request form on the site of the Wisconsin Election Commission. When you are filling out the form, we suggest that you request an absentee ballot for all elections for the remainder of 2020. You'll find that selection in box 6 of the form. You can find the mail address for your municipal clerk at myvote.wi.gov. Choose "Find My Polling Place". On the lefthand side of the screen you will see the name and some contact information for your municipal clerk. Clicking on the "More Information" button will bring up the mailing address.
As of March 19, Bayside and Whitefish Bay are sending forms to request an absentee ballot to every registered voter! Some other communities may be doing the same. And if Wisconsin takes steps now to have all votes by mail, we can heave a sigh of relief and avoid the risk of being contaminated at the polls or spreading the virus to others there. Wouldn't that be a good thing?
You can read the text of Milwaukee County Clerk George Christianson's memo:Read more
Grassroots North Shore is proud to announce its
The nonpartisan general election of 2020 is April 7. Early voting in most North Shore communities will begin by March 23 (in a few communities it will begin earlier -- check with your village or city administration. It will end on April 3 at 5pm. Before you go to the polls -- either for early voting or on election day -- be sure to check your registration, polling place and sample ballot: myvote.wi.gov.
The only statewide race on your ballot will be the one for Wisconsin State Supreme Court. The candidates are Dan Kelly (incumbent and Walker appointee), and Jill Karofsky, judge on the Circuit Court of Wisconsin. You can read our endorsement of Judge Karofsky and her answers to our Grassroots North Shore Questionnaire. You can also visit the the website and Facebook page for Karofsky's campaign. We urge our supporters to vote for Karofsky. She is the only progressive in this race.
Our Elections 2020 page provides some information about early voting in many North Shore communities, including phone numbers to reach your community's administration. It would be prudent to call to make sure, but most early voting for the nonpartisan election on April 7, 2020, will take place at the city or village hall. So please vote in this election and in all subsequent elections this year!
In addition to the April 7 election, Wisconsin will hold two more: the partisan primary on August 11 and the general election on November 3. Mark your calendars for subsequent dates now so that you don't forget to vote. (If you know you are going to be out of town or otherwise unable to vote early in person or go to the polls on election day, you can always request a mail-in ballot at myvote.wi.gov.)
Nancy Kaplan published 2020 Partisan Primary & General Elections in Elections 2020 2019-12-19 15:53:03 -0600
Early Voting Information*
for the primary on 8/11 and the general on 11/3
You can register online before the August 11 election until July 21, 2020. You can also register at the polls, whether you use in-person absentee processes or you go to the polls on election day. Information about what documents you need to register and what you need to vote are available here. You can check and update your registration, find your polling place, and see a sample ballot for your location at myvote.wi.gov. We urge you to do so well ahead of election day!
* Early voting (aka in-person absentee voting) takes place at least for the two weeks prior to the week of the primary, ending on the Friday before election day. For the general election in November, the period for early voting will undoubtedly be more than two weeks.
* Because the November 3 election includes a presidential choice, turnout is likely to be high. In this uncertain time, however, we are encouraging everyone to request an absentee ballot. Mailing or dropping off your vote is both safe and secure. This page will be updated to reflect the timetables for early voting in each community for the primary and the general election as we get closer to the election days.
Municipality Phone Dates Days & Hours
Fox Point 414-351-8900
Primary: July 27 - August 7
General: September 21 - October 30
Port Washington (City)
City Clerk's Office
Port Washington (Town)
3715 Highland Drive
In Wisconsin, 2020 will bring FOUR regularly scheduled elections and TWO special elections (a primary and a general election for US Representative in the 7th Congressional District). It will be an incredibly important and incredibly busy year for Grassroots North Shore. And, we hope, for all of our supporters.
Here's what's coming up:
- Primary for the Partisan Fall election, August 11
- General Partisan Election, November 3
Grassroots North Shore will provide information on early (in-person absentee) voting for each community in the North Shore and Ozaukee County. You can check your own registration and see a sample ballot for each election at myvote.wi.gov.
In these uncertain times, we encourage everyone to request an absentee ballot so you can vote safely and securely from home. All registered voters can request an absentee ballot at myvote.wi.gov. You can find an illustrated, step-by-step guide to using a smart phone to make your request here. Although you can request an absentee ballot as late as August 7 for the primary and October 29 for the general election, it's best to complete the process much earlier to avoid last minute problems.
This section of the site provides:
- Endorsements of candidates running for state or federal office who are unopposed within the Democratic party and therefore are not facing a primary in August;
- Statements from candidates for state or federal office who are competing in the August primary;
- Contact information and early voting days and times for our North Shore and Ozaukee County communities.
Nancy Kaplan posted about gerrymander signup on Facebook 2017-02-10 14:37:05 -0600I signed up to insist that the WI legislature draw new district maps in a nonpartisan way. Join me & other activists.
If we want the court-ordered redistricting process to end partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin, we will have to orchestrate a public outcry about the secretive and hyper-partisan way district lines were drawn in 2011 (the map the court found to be unconstitutional).
We will have to insist—loudly and publicly and as often as possible—that the new maps must be drawn in an inclusive and transparent way, with bipartisan and nonpartisan input and with public hearings held in locations around the state so as many citizens as possible can participate and be heard.
Do your part and sign up to work to end partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin NOW.Sign up
Nancy Kaplan commented on Where and When to Vote Early 2016-03-22 17:04:14 -0500Debbie Kujawski is absolutely right. The goal of limiting early voting to regular business hours is to suppress voting. But of course the actual excuse was to control costs of staffing offices after hours and on weekends.
Nancy Kaplan commented on Even MORE Bogus "Tax Relief" 2013-12-27 12:12:57 -0600The actual data is in: the property taxes on my house INCREASED by 7.5%. Anyone else want to chime in?