Thursday, March 28, 2013
Friday is the last day for residents to vote early in person for Tuesday's election and clerks' offices across the state, including Oak Creek, are required to be open.
With the spring election on Tuesday, muncipal clerks' offices across the state - including Oak Creek - are required to be open on Good Friday. The clerk’s office at Oak Creek will be open for in-person absentee voting and other election details that day. Friday is the deadline for in-person voting. You may also cast an absentee ballot by mail, but it must be postmarked no later than Tuesday. Here is more information on voting early in Wisconsin. "The absentee voting statutes provide no exemption from or postponement for deadlines occurring on the Thursday or Friday before the Spring Election, regardless of their relationship to religious observances that are not recognized as state holidays," Wisconsin Government Accountability Board …
Monday, June 4, 2012
Roughly 1,700 Oak Creek residents voted in the recall election before Tuesday, compared to less than 200 prior to the May 8 primary.
Almost 1,700 Oak Creek residents voted in the gubernatorial recall election before Tuesday, reflecting the surge in early and absentee voting seen across the state. That accounts for about 9 percent of all registered voters in the city. By comparison, less than 200 Oak Creek residents cast a ballot prior to the May 8 primary election. Statewide, more than 206,000 Wisconsin residents requested absentee ballots or voted early in the clerk’s office, according to the Government Accountability Board. About 68,000 people voted before the primary. In-person early voting ended at 5 p.m. Friday. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Nearly 1,000 Oak Creek residents took advantage of absentee balloting in the first three days. Residents can vote in person at city hall through June 1.
The gubernatorial recall election isn't for another 12 days, but many people are getting a jump-start on voting. Absentee voting, which began Monday, has been high in Oak Creek and throughout the state. City Clerk Catherine Roeske said roughly 970 Oak Creek residents were either issued absentee ballots or voted in person at City Hall through the first three days of absentee voting. About 200 people voted at city hall on Monday through Wednesday -- already double the number of early voters in the May 8 primary, Roeske said. Absentee ballot requests are also way up. There were 65 temporary absentee ballot requests for the primary, compared to 428 so far for the general election. "Temporary" requests are for people wanting a one-time absentee…
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The state Democratic party says Gov. Walker's involvement, or lack thereof, in the John Doe investigation doesn't meet statutory reasons for establishing a criminal defense fund.
During a conference call today with reporters, state Democratic Chair Mike Tate said he is calling on the Government Accountability Board to look more closely at why Gov. Scott Walker needs a criminal defense fund. Tate cited a state statute that outlines the reasons for a government official or their agent to establish a criminal defense fund: by either being a target of an investigation or pending being charged with a crime. Tate said Walker doesn't meet those benchmarks, based on the governor's own statements. "First he said he hadn't been contacted about the investigation," he said. "Then he's saying he was contacted and is cooperating." The question becomes, Tate continued, whether or not Walker is lying about the corruption probe or …
Monday, March 12, 2012
The Government Accountablity Board says recalls against four Republican senators can move forward; 25,495 of the roughly 931,000 Gov. Walker recall petition signatures — not 1 million — have been struck.
Election officials are homing in on an early June general election for Wisconsin’s next wave of recall votes. The state Government Accountability Board, the non-partisan agency that oversees elections, met Monday to discuss recall petitions against four Republican state senators, but also to settle issues surrounding recall efforts against Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. While the dates aren’t definitive, the GAB is eyeing a June 5 general election date, with primaries on May 8. The board won't formally approve the dates until petitions against Walker and Kleefisch are verified, as it wants to schedule all summer recalls for the same day. However, the dates still require the approval of a Dane County judge before moving …
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Some fraud allegations were true, some were false, and some complaints will likely yield to an investigation. But there aren't enough to stop the recall from moving forward, state election official says.
The head of the agency that oversees elections in Wisconsin says there have been some instances of fraudulent signatures found on the petitions seeking to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker from office. And with at least three outside groups going through the signatures looking for problems, Government Accountability Board Director Kevin Kennedy said his staff expects to hear even more allegations about possible fraud. While the GAB and other agencies will investigate all such complaints, it's unlikely there will be enough of them to stop the recall from moving forward, Kennedy said in a memo released Friday. "The highly polarized political atmosphere which has engendered the current recall initiatives has also generated a constant buzz …
Friday, March 9, 2012
If the request is granted by a judge, a likely recall primary election would be held on May 15, with the general election on June 12.
The state's top election official plans to ask a judge for more time to review the Gov. Scott Walker recall petitions, which would push the date of a possible recall election back to May or June. Government Accountability Board Director Kevin Kennedy on Friday recommended the GAB board request an push its deadline back from March 19 to April 6. Kennedy said his staff cannot complete its work on the recall petitions against Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch until at least March 30. If the board moves forward with Kennedy's request at its meeting on Monday, the matter would go before Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess on Wednesday. If Niess grants the extension and the recall election was ordered on the newly proposed deadline, a …
Monday, February 6, 2012
The man believes his neighbor forged his name and others on petitions to recall Van Wanggaard. Sheriff's Department is investigating.
Updated 4:10 p.m. Feb. 6 Recall organizers turned in 1.9 million signatures to recall four state senators, the governor and lt. governor. That number is far greater than the minimum needed to bring about the recall elections. Since before the signatures were turned in, conservative groups worried that not enough would be done to ensure the signatures on the petitions were valid — that they were from people eligible to vote, and that those who signed actually signed it themselves. Supporters of the six legislators facing recall are checking the signatures, running them through courts databases to weed out felons still serving their sentences, determining if addresses really exist and questioning names like "Ronald McDonald." The Journal …
Sunday, January 29, 2012
If you didn't have a driver's license, how likely would it be for you to get a state ID to vote?
There's no doubt that with the upcoming elections -- no matter how many there are -- they'll be contentious. But how people vote in these upcoming elections is about to change with the requirement to show a photo ID before a person can receive a ballot, and that is becoming a contentious issue too. Some are saying the new voter ID law will prevent people from even showing up to the polls, and they say that the law discriminates against people who are poor and homeless. But a poll done by Marquette University indicated that the majority of the registered voters they asked (a sample size of 701 registered voters) said they favored the law. One of the arguments made against the law has to do with the requirement that after a person proves …
Friday, January 20, 2012
Patch took a look at what a potential statewide recall election would cost local municipalities.
UPDATED: 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17. A statewide recall election for Gov. Scott Walker could cost more than $9 million and as much as $17 million with a primary, according to numbers released by the Government Accountability Board on Jan. 6. Significant numbers, for sure, but what does that mean to local municipalities and taxpayers? In an attempt to put a price tag on a possible recall election, cities, villages and towns across the state participated in a survey from the GAB. The survey asked clerks for estimated costs of a hypothetical recall election based on real costs for local elections in November 2010 and April 2011. Those estimated costs were broken down into three categories: All municipalities would be financially impacted, but…