Why This Election is Critical
The Wisconsin Supreme Court currently has 4 conservative members and 3 progressive members. One of the conservatives is retiring this year. Electing a progressive will change the composition of the court and give us the opportunity to get a fair hearing on important issues, such as gerrymandering and the 1849 abortion ban. It could also have a critical impact on voting rights and the selection of electors in the 2024 presidential election.
Here is an excellent New York Times article from January 25th on what is at stake in Wisconsin and how difficult and costly this race will be. We cannot afford to lose this election! Once again, democracy is on the ballot.
Election Dates and Candidates
This is a non-partisan race. However, it is clear who are the progressives and who are the conservatives (read: Trump supporters) in this race. The primary election is on February 21st. The progressive candidates are Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Janet Protasiewicz and Dane County Circuit Judge Everett Mitchell. Learn more at https://www.janetforjustice.com and https://www.judgeeverettmitchell.com. It is critical that at least one of these two candidates makes it through the primary. The other two candidates are too extreme for Wisconsin.
The General Election, the race between the two top primary voter getters, will be on April 4th.
What YOU can do to make a difference
First, a huge THANK YOU to our volunteers who canvassed on Saturday February 4th. Given the weather, we were thrilled that so many of you volunteered your time to talk with voters and make a difference.
Our next canvass is the weekend of February 18th and 19th, again talking with infrequent Spring Democratic voters to ensure they know the importance of this race and vote on February 21st as well as April 4th.
REGISTER HERE to canvass with us on February 18th (9am, 12pm and 3pm) or February 19th (12pm and 3 pm). The canvass location will be 9 Winterset Circle, Madison.
If you prefer to phone bank, on Saturday February 11th we will be calling voters who live in apartment buildings that are not accessible to canvassers. We will have the same conversations we are having at the doors. This will be a virtual phone bank using Zoom to kick-off each shift.
REGISTER HERE to phone bank with us on February 11th. Shifts at 9am and 12pm.
THE GENERAL ELECTION
Starting Monday February 27th, we will be canvassing each Monday at 5pm through March 27th. The canvass location will be 1826 Breezy Trail for each of these. Here are links for the first two Mondays:
REGISTER HERE to canvass on February 27th at 5pm.
REGISTER HERE to canvass on March 6th at 5pm.
On the weekend of March 4-5, we will be canvassing with shifts at 9, 12 and 3 on Saturday and 12 and 3 on Sunday. These will be held at the home of Saswati and Abhik Bhattacharya, 9117 Eaglewood Drive, Madison.
REGISTER HERE to canvass on March 4th and 5th.
We will also be canvassing the weekends of March 18-19, March 25-26 and, to Get Out the Vote, April 1-4. Details below.
REGISTER HERE to canvass on March 18-19 , hosted by Diana and Don Trask, 9 Winterset Circle, Madison. Saturday at 9, 12 and 3; Sunday at 12 and 3.
REGISTER HERE to canvass on March 25-26, hosted by Pam Woodruff, 7825 W. Oakbrook Circle, Madison. Saturday at 9, 12 and 3; Sunday at 12 and 3.
REGISTER HERE to canvass over GOTV April 1-4. Let’s Get Out The Vote will be hosted by Barbara Arnold, 1826 Breezy Trail, Madison. Shifts on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday at 9, 12 and 3 and on Sunday at 12 and 3.
If you want to vote by absentee ballot this Spring, you can request your ballot by going to MyVote.WI.gov. In Wisconsin, you must request your absentee ballot each year. If you requested an absentee ballot for the November 2022 election or for all of 2022, that request expired at the end of 2022. The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin has an excellent explanation of the timeline and process for voting by absentee ballot in Wisconsin.