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Former Election Official, voting rights wonk. We need lifetime voter registration from birth & citizenship, without any abridgments and a weekend national voting holiday. Let's get the 30% who never vote back voting for Dems.

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All WI GOP House vote NO on coronavirus releif

Not one GOP Wisc Member of Congress voted to help. They rejected the entire bill.

Excuses: was too fast, may not help.... this bill is to prevent loan failures, like mortgages, etc and provides emergency funds for hospitals, first repsonders,etc.

In November these votes must be shown, over and over and over.

We can take back the statehouse, if we vote.

Ron Johnson votes NO on Coronavirus relief

Anyone surprised our jerk voted NO?

H.R.6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Eight Who Hate Are:
Blackburn (R-TN)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Johnson (R-WI)
Lankford (R-OK)
Lee (R-UT)
Paul (R-KY)
Sasse (R-NE)
Scott (R-SC)

April 7 Primary - You can Vote At Home!!

You can vote at home, and avoid election day crowds.
Why this is not being promoted during a pandemic is anyone's guess.
Wisconsin voters can easily get more information, find their registration status, voting locations and request an absentee ballot at the official Wisconsin Elections website:

I want to promote absentee voting. Voting at Home is smart, safe and a logical choice, not only during a pandemic, but for every election when Tuesdays are normally a busy day for people who may only have a couple of hours to vote.

Please consider making sure you can vote by voting at home.

Absentee Voting- Deadlines for the April 7, 2020 Spring Election

All voters in Wisconsin can request an absentee ballot be mailed to them for any reason.

Voters must be registered before they can request an absentee ballot. Voters may request their absentee ballot in writing. To request an absentee ballot on MyVote.wi.gov. You must provide a photo ID with your absentee ballot request.

April 2, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m.- Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot- Regular and Permanent Overseas Voters- If you are a regular or a Permanent Overseas Voter, your absentee ballot request must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 2, 2020.

April 3, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m.- Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot- Indefinitely Confined- If a voter is indefinitely confined, your absentee ballot request must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 3, 2020.

Possibly though April 5, 2020 -Deadline for In-Person Absentee- Voters can possibly request and vote an absentee ballot in-person in their municipal clerk’s office through April 5, 2020. Office hours vary by municipality. Some municipal offices may not offer additional in-person absentee hours Please contact your municipal clerk for absentee voting hours.

April 7, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m.- Deadline for Hospitalized Voters- Voters who are in a hospital may request a ballot be brought to them by an appointed agent if they are hospitalized in the 7 days preceding the election. Hospitalized electors may request an absentee ballot between March 31, 2020 and April 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

April 7, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m.- Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot- Military If a voter is in the military then your absentee ballot request must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 7, 2020.

April 7, 2020 @ 8:00 p.m.- Deadline to Return Absentee Ballot- If you have already received an absentee ballot, you must return your absentee ballot by mail or delivery to your municipal clerk. Your ballot must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, April 7, 2020.

Consider a phone/video Dr visit if sick

Many hospitals are promoting using tech, instead of in-person visits, to get some medical help with a 'virtual visit'.
You may be able to contact your Dr using a computer, your smartphone to discuss your illness, symptoms and get advice.

This is a smart and effective method to get initial care if you are sick.
Check online, with the hospital you use and your Dr office's websites to read updates and if they offer 'virtual visits"

Should we all vote by mail in 2020?

With the pandemic disrupting everything, maybe states should consider an emergency rule that we all vote by mail this year?

This may be a logical step to assure we can all vote and avoid crowds and exposures.

There are states that already use mail only balloting, like Washington. I would rather avoid a polling location during an bio-outbreak.

Most of the voting processes are already being used are ready for something like we are experiencing now.
All elections are officially processed via each state, through their individual county governments, who in turn manage them for the cities, towns & villages on those counties. Most county govt's print the actual ballots. Adding postage and an envelope? That's going to be so insurmountable to figure out, isn't it!

We might find voting by mail to be have less problems overall and be something we like and want to start doing. We still vote like it's the mid-1800's. We vote on the first tuesday after the first monday in November (for federal offices).We chose this day because the first wednesday of the month was when farmers could go to the largest city in the county ( they called them 'county seats') to sell thier produce, livestock and other wares. It took days to travel from the farm to county seats by horse, if you even had one back then. Today, to be honest, Tuesday is not the best day of the week to vote on. There are six other days, two of which are surely better choices, those two would be Sat & Sun.

Voting by mail opens your window to vote by adding two weeks or more that you have your ballot in hand, at home, where you can research candidates & referendum issues and fill in your ballot and mail it back or drop it off at locations setup for ballots.

Pandemics suck. We can find some things, that we can change to prevent major disruptions. Elections can, and should, be something that can occur without seasonal localized epidemics and most certainly, global pandemics causing politicians to inflict mistakes, mis-judgements and blatant interferences with.

Wisc GOP Trio Votes No to Coronavirus Bill.

Wisconsin's House Reps Sensenbrenner, Grothman and Gallagher voted No to the Coronavirus Relief Bill.

Only 40 GOPs voted against it. These three must have some very important reasons to have voted this way.
I am not sure if any of these three "blind mice" have bills proposed that do more, do better or do anything for our nation to address the pandemic. If the bill failed, it would only delay catching up to the rest of the world, for testing and to prepare hospitals for the overwhelming needs a pandemic causes.

Here is a link to the actual House vote on Fri Mar 13, 2020:

CoVid-19 or Coronavirus: are Two Different Words

Let's clarify two important word definitions.
One is the name of the virus.(coronavirus) and one is the name of the disease (CoVid-19) it causes.

Coronavirus - this is the viral organism's name. This is only the virus's name, it's not an illness you can catch.
...It is what you get exposed to from airborne droplets that come from coughs & sneezes.

CoVid-19 - this is the respiratory disease that can develop, if you are exposed to the Coronavirus.
...This is the disease your body might develop if exposed to the virus.

Using the proper words can reduce confusion as the pandemic runs it's course.
Let's do our part to discuss the pandemic using the proper names.

Wear gloves when grocery shopping to reduce viral exposure

Produce is the most touched item in any grocery store.
You can easily reduce the spread of any disease by wearing gloves when grocery shopping.
...any gloves. Trying to reduce your exposure is what counts.
How many times have you grabbed a pack of hamburger only to get leaking bloody juice on your hand?

Adding a simple glove protection layer will not save your life, but will certainly reduce some exposure. to what other people left behind.

Ireland cancels Dublin's St.Patrick's Day Parade

You know things are bad when Ireland cancels All the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin due to CoVID-19.

Posted by SmartVoter22 | Mon Mar 9, 2020, 10:18 AM (4 replies)

California Forces Trump to release tax returns to get on Nov 2020 ballot

This law was put on hold by an appeal since it's Jul 2019 publish date. I was reading another article which referred the link and did not check that article's date. I apologize to those thinking this is occurring now.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom approved a bill on Tuesday to force President Donald Trump to release his tax returns in order to get on the state’s 2020 primary ballot. While other states have pursued Trump’s taxes, California is the first one in the country to make the disclosure of tax returns a requirement for a ballot spot.
Senate Bill 27, dubbed the “Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act,” took effect immediately after Gov. Newsom signed it.
This law has two really good benefits...
1) With the GOP's decades long effort at voter suppression, this one law may result in millions of votes, for Trump, to disappear. In 2018, Trump's California votes were 4,483,810. This new law may also reduce the down ballot races. Rep.Nunes and the fringe right would have also seen lower votes.

While the law only requires the last five years of returns, this is a critical step toward election reform. This law should expand to all federal and statewide offices in every state.
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