Dear UWUA members, retirees, and families:
The electoral campaign season has shifted into high gear. Anti-worker and anti-democratic forces are continuing their assault on the middle class and what generations of American workers have fought and died for. This year’s mid-term elections offer a clear choice on where we go from here.
Will we elect candidates who will stand with workers or vote for candidates who want to further enrich the few at the expense of many? Will we elect candidates who believe in a strong middle class, will invest in infrastructure, put people back to work, and protect workers’ rights to organize and bargain collectively, or will we elect candidates who will cut spending on infrastructure, cut taxes for the wealthy, and destroy workers’ rights to organize and bargain?
There is no doubt we have critical choices this year and how you vote is your choice; however, the Utility Workers Union of America endorses the election of Mary Burke for Governor. We firmly believe that electing Mary Burke for Governor will best serve the interests of working families in Wisconsin.
Our Union is working closely with the National, State, and Local AFL-CIO’s to engage our members on what’s at stake and the choices that lie ahead. Please contact the UWUA National Office at (800) 889-6862 if you are willing to volunteer in this critical election, and we will have one of our coordinators contact you about opportunities to assist in your area.
You can also find more information about the 2014 elections – including state-by-state guidelines on registering to vote and new voter identification requirements – at the UWUA’s website at www.uwua.net. Finally and above all, please remember to vote on Tuesday, November 4.
D. Michael Langford
UWUA National President
Voter Registration Requirements
In order to register to vote:
- You must be a U.S. citizen.
- You must be 18 years old or older on Election Day.
- You must have been a resident of your election district or ward for at least 28 days before Election Day.
- You must not be subject to guardianship or have been deemed mentally incompetent by a court.
- You must not currently be serving a sentence, extended supervision, probation or parole for a felony conviction.
- You must provide proof of residency. Proof of residency generally must include your full name and your current residential address. The following are examples of valid and current forms of proof of residence:
- Wisconsin driver’s license;
- State-issued Wisconsin ID card;
- Employer-issued photo ID card;
- College, university or technical college photo ID card (does not require address) but only if accompanied by a fee payment receipt within nine months of the date of the election;
- Utility bill or bank statement;
- Paycheck or government check; or
- Residential lease (only if registering in person).
You may register to vote up to and on Election Day.
You may register to vote at your municipal clerk’s office in person, at the polls on Election Day or by mail. Oct. 31, 2014, is the last day you can register to vote in person at your municipal clerk’s office. Oct. 15, 2014, is the last day to mail your voter registration form to your municipal clerk’s office.
If you need to update your voter registration, you can resubmit a completed voter registration form to your municipal clerk’s office.
Voter ID Requirements
Wisconsin’s Voter ID law will NOT be in effect for the Nov. 4 election. You should not be asked to present a photo ID to vote. It is possible that your polling place will contain notices that state an ID is required to vote; these should be disregarded. You should NOT be prevented from voting or be required to vote by provisional ballot because you did not present a valid photo ID at the polls this election.
Voting Before Election Day
Skip the Election Day lines, vote early! If you are unable to make it to the polls, or simply want to, there are two ways to vote before Election Day—in person and by mail.
You can vote early at your municipal clerk’s office from Oct. 20 through Oct. 31, 2014.
You can also vote early in person absentee by mail. You must return your completed ballot to your municipal clerk’s office by mail, postmarked no later than Election Day.
To vote early by mail, you must complete an application for absentee ballot and return it to your municipal clerk’s office by email, mail, in person or fax. The application must be received by your municipal clerk by Oct. 30, 2014. You do NOT need to submit a copy of your photo ID with your absentee ballot application.
If you are a resident of Wisconsin and attend school within the state but in a different election district, you may be eligible to register and vote in the election district you live in while attending school.If you are a student from Wisconsin who is attending an institution out of state, you should first determine if you would like to vote in Wisconsin or the state where your institution is located. Wisconsin allows students attending school out of state to still vote in Wisconsin. Please note that you may register and vote in only one state per election.
For more information on how to register and vote as a student, please visit Wisconsin’s student voter guide.
Formerly Incarcerated? Restore Your Rights!
If you have been convicted of a felony, you are not eligible to vote if you are still incarcerated, under extended supervision, on probation or parole. Once you have completed all sentences, your right to vote is automatically restored. However, you must re-register to vote, even if you were previously registered, with your municipal clerk’s office.
For more information on how to restore your right to vote, visit the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board’s Elections and Voting Division’s website.
If you have additional questions about voting in Wisconsin, please contact the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board’s Elections and Voting Division at 1-866-VOTE-WIS, or email them at email@example.com. Additional information about voting in Wisconsin is available online at http://gab.wi.gov/elections-voting and https://myvote.wi.gov and http://bringit.wisconsin.gov/.
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