Last time on this blog: Normally, this is still election season in which you’ll see primaries and general bids for the picks to be. And many will indeed go to the polls. Check this, I am a Election Inspector for the City of Milwaukee that has been in the game for 8 years. From those who are good and yes that had folks yelled in my face! No matter if it’s a full day or a half day. For this also, it’s part II: the General State Version Election. 

For this: here it comes again – The Stephen’s Spot Rules returns. My tips, and my rules of the voting game in Wisconsin – PART II!

First thing: When the day comes, the polls will be open from 7am – 8pm. Now there is a forecast of a high voter turnout of 80%. Give or take. However regarding this, already many of you or some probably voted early either by mail or in person at your City Hall Areas. But for you last minute voters: yes like the last time, you can still vote up on the day of Election Day. And word is that Milwaukee will be the key for this State Election.

Second Thing. When going, make sure you are at the right (and I mean THE RIGHT) polling place! If you’re not sure, the Election Inspectors (and or the Chief Inspectors) will help you to find the correct place to vote up. And if you are at the right spot, walk in to the rooms and when you come to the tables, state your name and address. And if your name is listed in the books, sign your name in the book to verify, and the EI’s will give you a ballot and a number.

By the way: NO ID’S NECESSARY! Only state your name and address to the EI’s (via the state law). And plus If I were a real voter, use this to your advantage and thank the U.S. Supreme Court for blocking this rule!

Third thing: Now since you have your ballot, look at it carefully. The categories and names you’ll see are the winners from the August 12th Election. For this ballot coming up it’s a non- partisan ballot – meaning for this is that it’s a two sided ballot that you can only vote for your chosen party. If you pick a Democratic contender, you have to select the democratic candidate in the categories. If you pick Republican, same thing. Constitutional or sometimes Independent, same thing. ONLY PICK ONE CANDIDATE IN EACH CATEGORY!  On the other side, you’ll see 5 questions for a referendum in which you the voter will have to answer. More on that later on. After that has been done, you take your ballot and insert into the machine and you will receive your I Voted Sticker.

NOTE: Now there might be barriers. So listen up if you might encounter them. 

If you show up at the polls, and if you state your name, and if your name is NOT in the books: chances are the EI’s might ask you the question: “When was the last time you voted?” The reason being if you haven’t voted in Wisconsin in the last 5 years per say, you need to re-register on site. When you re-register: fill out the forms provided, with your current name, address, city, state and zip. And of course you have to certify that you are of age, no felonies, no convictions, lived at your residence for 28 days, etc. Plus also when providing your info: you could also use your Wisconsin Drivers License or State ID Number or your last 4 digits of your Social to register. Plus other listings of Proof of Residence like a Utility Bill, your Government License, College Students that have an official letter from their College or University, and many others. Don’t worry, the Polling Places will have a listing of what you need to register or re-register. Also, if you recently moved to a new place and your name is again not in the books, you might have to check your old polling area to see if your name is in those books. Or if the districts have been changed, it is best to notify either the Election Commission or any of the polling sites have those red books that you’ll see with the EI’s and Chiefs. And just a positive note: for those that use the internet, go to the GAB website, and when you see the MyVote link, click on that and sign in on the site to get your polling place, ballot status, etc.

If your name has changed due to misspelling or if you got married, or changed it for religious reasons, or if your neighbor near you who was a voter for amount of years that recently passed, the EI’s will have a Correction Form with them in which you the voter will verify the changes either in address, name, or deceased.

If you are a convicted felon: PAY ATTENTION ON THIS!

If you’re name is on paper and if you are still finishing your parole, you can’t vote. HOWEVER, if you’re name is off paper, yes you can vote.

About 2 years ago: the state warned us about “Tweeting Ballots”. Here’s what I know. If you snap a picture of your ballot that is a sample or unmarked, it’s valid. HOWEVER if it’s already snapped and you made your choices to show it off, you’re asking for jail time and/or pay a fine. Votes should be private all the way. Even in the era of social media. So Facebookers, Twitter folks, Googlers in all, don’t even try it. However, you can snap a pic of your I Voted Sticker!

Plus: for those who will work during the voting hours, you can get some time off the clock so you can go vote. Tell your bosses ahead of time and get your I Voted Sticker as proof!

When marking the ballots of your choice, and after you insert it into the machine, you might hear an rejected error sound. What do you do? The EI’s or Chief Inspectors will inspect the print out and it could be an overvote, or a cross party voted error. In this situation, the voter (you) will have to revote your picks per say. The EI’s will give you another ballot and you have to make your choices again. And when marking the votes, don’t darken the lines so heavily! Draw the lines lightly. And when you put the ballot in the machine (if it all goes well) then you get your sticker. Just a heads up: you only get 3 tries. If you fail all three times, its done. But if you get it right on the second or last try, you’re safe. So it’s best to get the ballots right on the first try!

If your name is in the book, and if you have the word Absentee near it, the EI’s will tell you that it’s noted and will ask if you used it previously. If you did, that counts as a vote for that day. But: if you haven’t used it but still wanted to use the regular ballots, what the EI’s and Chief Inspectors will do in this situation is take your Absentee Ballot, and exchange it for a regular ballot. Plus you might sign your name in the books. The absentee ballots will be soiled or in this case they’ll rip it up. For the POR’s you might to provide additional info like a WI DL Number to verify.

And also in some circumstances: having a witness could be a vital factor of proof.

For the handicapped: it is vital that they receive the real deal voting as much as every other voter.

Also: if the ending of the voting hours around 8pm occurs, and if you’re in line: you can still vote! Remember, everyone’s right of voting counts.

Now since the finals are in November and whoever wins that will be declared the victor.

ADDED BONUS to know: REFERENDUMS!

ALSO there are 5 referendums on the Ballot. And I know that this might be a challenge for those who might be confusing. But I think you just have to read the questions. BUT ON HERE: I’m going to dissect the questions per say to those who might an problem per say. It could happen. So here goes, via the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

STATE REFERENDUM
QUESTION 1: “Creation of a Transportation Fund. Shall section 9 (2) of article IV and section 11 of article VIII of the constitution be created to require that revenues generated by use of the state transportation system be deposited into a transportation fund administered by a department of transportation for the exclusive purpose of funding Wisconsin’s transportation systems and to prohibit any transfers or lapses from this fund?” YES ___ NO ____

My view – In other words: do you feel that the Wisconsin DOT per say, should establish a transportation fund that can be only be used for funding for transportation uses only (i.e. roads, bridges, trains, etc.), and NOT for any other non-transportation project?

 

MILWAUKEE COUNTY CORPORATION AND CAMPAIGN FINANCING REFERENDUM – QUESTION 1
“SHALL THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION BE AMENDED TO ESTABLISH THE FOLLOWING? 1. ONLY HUMAN BEINGS, NOT CORPORATIONS, ARE ENTITLED TO CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, AND 2. MONEY IS NOT SPEECH, AND THEREFORE, REGULATING POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS AND SPENDING IS NOT EQUIVALENT TO LIMITING POLITICAL SPEECH.” YES _____ NO _____

My view – In other words: should us human beings or citizens only be for the constitutional rights and not companies and political contributions?

 

MILWAUKEE COUNTY BADGERCARE REFERENDUM – QUESTION 2
“SHALL THE NEXT STATE LEGISLATURE ACCEPT ALL AVAILABLE FEDERAL FUNDS FOR BADGERCARE TO ENSURE THAT THOUSANDS OF WISCONSIN CITIZENS HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH COVERAGE?YES ____ NO _____

My view – In other words: should the state get more federal money to assist the needs of the Badgercare Customers for health coverage? Specifically for those who need it?

 

MILWAUKEE COUNTY MINIMUM WAGE $10.10 REFERENDUM – QUESTION 3
“SHOULD THE STATE OF WISCONSIN INCREASE THE MINIMUM WAGE TO $10.10 AN HOUR?” YES _____ NO _____

My view – In other words: do you want, or would you like to see the state of Wisconsin increase the Minimum Wage from $7.25 to $10.10? 

 

MILWAUKEE COUNTY – COUNTY EXECUTIVE OR COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR REFERENDUM – QUESTION 4
“SHOULD WISCONSIN STATUTES BE AMENDED TO ALLOW MILWAUKEE COUNTY TO TRANSITION ITS MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS FROM AN ELECTED COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO A PROFESSIONAL COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR? YES _____ NO _____

My view – In other words: do you want Milwaukee County to give the power of Management and Administrative work to a County Administrator than the County Executive? (i.e. do you want Milwaukee County to give County Administrator Joe Schmoe the Management Administrative jobs than County Executive Chris Abele?)

 

Now just a friendly warning, I am NOT making any voter to answer yes or no. That’s up to you as a voter to decide. 

So again Wisconsin folks, I know we’re polarized with politics. But one thing for sure, we all have a right to vote for whomever we want to steer the offices. Even if you don’t like the viewpoints of Scott Walker. Or whatever. And if those feel that this election in November don’t mean nothing to sit at home, worrying about your paycheck, or your hairstyle, or your new CD with the banging beats, or your new Gun Permit CCW License that you got, those things might make your voting opposition even worse even if you don’t vote.

By the way, for those who you know very well that got those Lyft Cars, or Uber Cars and you know them that uses their vehicles for going from point A to point B and being paid for it, use that.

For all you Wisconsin Uber and Lyft Drivers: if you have any Election Day Driving specials going on like “I’ll Uber you to the polls”, or “Lyfting you to the polls” specials, start advertising that NOW! I don’t care how much you charge, just help those who can’t get to the polls on their own. 

So in conclusion: Get OUT and Vote Up on November 4th!

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