To the Editor:
In a few short weeks, voters in Wisconsin will be heading to the polls to cast votes in the fall partisan primary. Now is the time for all eligible voters to familiarize ourselves with the candidates on the ballot and the offices up for grabs – including Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Attorney General, Representative in Congress, State Senator (odd-numbered districts) and Representative to the Assembly. County offices up for election are Sheriff, Clerk of Circuit Court, and Coroner. Whether you are a college student or senior citizen, a secretary or CEO – election day is every registered voter’s opportunity to weigh in on the issues that matter most to you by voting.
This isn’t a presidential election year but as voters, we also need to decide who will do the best job for us right here in Wisconsin. It is up to each of us to learn about the candidates before we cast the votes that will determine who will represent us. Few of us will have the opportunity to personally ask each candidate what their plans are for addressing our community’s needs. So, where do we go to find these answers?
For help looking beyond the campaign rhetoric and TV advertising blitzes, head to www.vote411.org, the League of Women Voters’ nationwide voter education resource. VOTE411.org was created to provide you with your personalized voting guide that includes up-to-date information you need to cast your ballot, including who’s on your ballot, information about voting early or absentee. You will also be directed to information about how to register.
These last weeks before the partisan primary are an important time for all voters to take advantage of every available opportunity we have to get our questions answered by the candidates. Voting is the one time when all citizens have an equal say in standing up for the issues and priorities that matter most to us and our community.
Vote in the partisan primary on August 12th. Our jobs, health, education, families and futures depend on it.
President, League of Women Voters of the Northwoods