Your hair should be on fire right now! Election Day is tomorrow. We have to work our fannies off to get a progressive jurist on the ballot in the April 4 election for the open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Lots and lots of people we've run across don't really seem all that aware of this election and its importance. We won't have another chance to remake the direction of this court until 2026! To finish tomorrow's primary with enough votes to claim a spot on the April 4 ballot, Democrats and Grassroots North Shore are continuing to Get Out The Vote on Election Day. So sign up for a shift either with the Fox Point Team or the Glendale Team. Shifts are 11am, 2pm and 5pm. I don't need to tell you how important it is to get out every last vote. So bring a friend. Knock some doors. And feel good while doing good.
The primary for the Wisconsin Supreme Court seat has received oodles of national coverage, for which we should be thankful. Here are just a few of the recent posts on Daily Kos:
- We can't let anti-LGBTQ forced birthers and election deniers hold the Wisconsin Supreme Court. [Please note that this post endorses a candidate. Grassroots North Shore asks that you vote for one of the two progressive candidates — Janet Protasiewicz or Everett Mitchell.]
- We can end corporate ownership of at least one Supreme Court in this election in Wisconsin
- 5 Days Till Wisconsin's Supreme Court Primary Election
- Why two hyper-conservative candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court will not advance from the primary
And here are some national news outlets on the WI Supreme Court beat:
- A Wisconsin Supreme Court race holds high stakes for abortion rights and the 2024 election
- Democrats see a prime chance to take control of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
- Plenty of Wisconsin voters are really into the Supreme Court primary race
- A Colossal Off-Year Election in Wisconsin
If you have not yet voted, tomorrow is your last chance. Check your polling place and see your sample ballot at MyVote.WI.gov. In a few areas, there are other races on the ballot. Vote in every race. If you need information about candidates on your ballot, you can find some by visiting our election pages. Just follow the link for your community. You will also find information about the referendums and an advisory question that will be on your ballot on April 4. After the primary tomorrow, I will have more to say about those.
Our next big event (on Sunday, March 12 from 4 - 6 pm) will — finally — be held in person at the North Shore Presbyterian Church (4048 N. Bartlett Ave. Shorewood). The event aims to RESCUE LADY JUSTICE. Speakers include our fantastic candidate for state Senate District 8, Jodi Habush Sinykin, and our equally fantastic 23rd Assembly District representative, Deb Andraca. And the icing on the cake? The progressive winner of tomorrow's referendum. So sign up! (We recommend that you wear a mask and will have some on hand if you no longer keep any at home.)
The April 4 election will be here before we know it. And again, Grassroots North Shore will be flooding the mails, heating up the phone lines, and pounding the pavement. We'll be starting the next round of projects next week. So please, please, please sign up for something.
One terrific way to get engaged is to help register eligible high school students with the League of Women Voters. Milwaukee Public School District has asked the League of Women Voters to work with them to conduct voter registration events at each of their 24 high schools during the open enrollment period, February 22 to March 15, for the April election. To cover that many schools, the LWV will need many volunteers! LWVMC members who would like to participate in the high school events should access the training materials. If you sign up on the Google form at the end of the training, your name will be placed on the high school volunteer list. New volunteers will be paired with experienced volunteers. If you have any questions about this please contact [email protected].
There's always an election cycle in Wisconsin, or so it seems. This year, though, we won't have another election after April until February, 2024. So we'll be able to think about other things that are important to us, our state and our nation. Stay tuned.
Because I want to get this version of the newsletter out a day early, so that you have time to sign up for canvassing on the final day, I am including only a few events. If others come to my attention later this week, I'll send an events-only email to you.
Tuesday, February 21
ELECTION DAY, 7:00am - 8:00pm
Your polling place
Voter Protection Ballot Cure Training, 5:00 - 6:30pm
The April 4th Spring Election is approaching, and voters will need your help fixing errors on their absentee ballots! Join WisDems for an overview of our cure program and training on how to make cure calls. We'll review why we make these calls, the types of cure lists we call, how to use the Virtual Phonebank (VPB), and how to use the support materials. If you're interested in joining our spring 2023 ballot cure team, you are REQUIRED to attend this training. Each session is the same and you only need to attend one. Sign up. If you're interested in joining our spring 2023 ballot cure team, you are REQUIRED to attend this training. Each session is the same and you only need to attend one. Sign up.
Thursday, February 23
Poll Observer Info Session, 5:00 - 6:00pm
Being a poll observer is the most direct way to protect voting rights: as a poll observer, you will be the last line of defense against instances of voter suppression and a crucial resource for voters. And in our April 4th election, it’s never been more important to show up for voters: if we flip the court, we will have the chance to overturn Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion ban and fight for fair maps. Please email us at [email protected] if you have any questions in advance. Sign up.
Tuesday, February 28
DEFENDING DEMOCRACY: THE IMPORTANCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES, 6:00 - 7:30pm
Please join the Wisconsin Jewish Democrats and our friends at the Jewish Battleground Coalition (JBC) and Democratic Jewish Outreach Pennsylvania (DJOP) on Feb. 28 at 6pm CT for this free, timely and important Zoom event on the importance of winning the next round of state legislative races and turning state legislatures in states like Wisconsin blue again, and how we can accomplish this. This event features our own Deb Andraca of WI Assembly Dist. 23 (Milwaukee Co. North Shore, Grafton, Thiensville, and much of Mequon), among other great speakers from around the country! Sign up.
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