Submit your name to your County Party Chairman to work at a polling locations.
Poll-workers are responsible for the actual conduct of our elections and they count the ballots. When Wisconsin Voter ID goes into full effect, the poll workers decide who gets a ballot. Wisconsin state law requires that the two majority political parties (Republican and Democrat) accept the responsibility to provide names of poll-worker volunteers to the local clerks for a two-year election cycle. A poll-worker actually works for their community, is paid a small salary, and will receive training from the local election clerk. You can also work as an unpaid volunteer. Many communities also offer flexible scheduling if you are unable to work an entire day.
These volunteers are considered the first-choice nominees to be selected. If you wish to work at a poll, call your County Party Chairman and ask to have your name submitted. If you wish to volunteer on your own, call your local election clerk’s office to submit your name as a non-partisan poll worker.
We encourage you to volunteer at any time as there is a great need for additional poll-workers because those who previously volunteered may, for one reason or another, be unable to fulfill their two-year commitment. Your name would then be on the list for consideration as the need arises.
It is extremely important that you volunteer to be a poll-worker. Our current poll-workers across the state have an average age of 72. It will be necessary to recruit more young poll-workers to keep our polling places staffed. As a poll-worker, you will be working on the front lines in the election as an actual election official, and you will be perfectly placed to ensure that our elections are clean, fair and transparent.
Please also consider becoming a Special Voting Deputy (SVD). SVD’s are trained poll workers who go out into the community prior to Election Day and conduct actual elections in nursing homes, retirement homes, and community-based residential facilities. Becoming an SVD ensures that these elections are conducted properly and are great examples of fairness and transparency. SVD’s perform a valuable service to our most vulnerable voters – those who can not get to the polls to vote but must have the polls brought to them.
Wisconsin election law provides for any person whose name is not on the ballot to be an independent observer of an election. (Wisconsin State Statute 7.41(1))
What Can You Do? Sign Up to be an ELECTION OBSERVER!
Who Can Observe? Each and every one of you!
Synopsis of what you need to look for if you decide to observe voting procedures and closing procedures at a polling location on Election Day. Also applies to observing in the clerk’s office during in-person absentee balloting.
These are the rules for citizens wishing to observe the voting process in licensed residential facilities, such as nursing homes, where the residents cannot get to the polls, so the polls are brought to them.
In some communities, absentee ballots are counted at a separate location referred to as the “central count”. If you wish to observe at a central count location, this guide gives you the rules to be followed.
When and Where Can You Observe?
1. At the polling place on Election Day (including the Primary)
2. At the polling place after the polls close
3. Absentee ballot count locations (ask your municipal clerk)
4. During absentee voting in a clerk’s office prior to the Election
5. At nursing homes, retirement homes and residential facilities prior to the Election
6. In your clerk’s office the Friday after the election to observe the counting of late absentee ballots and perfected provisional ballots.
You may sign up with your state political party to start working as an observer, or you may choose any other organization sponsoring an observer program. If there is no Observer program organized in your county, feel free to observe on your own at any polling place in the state.
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An unconscionable silence
The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. It established the three branches of government, and it delegated “all legislative powers” to Congress. American law rarely uses the word “all.” Yet the Framers chose that word precisely to confine law writing to Congress and to prevent a president from altering federal law by the selective manner of his enforcement of it and thereby effectively rewriting it.
The same Framers sought to guard against the same evils by compelling the president to swear at the commencement of his terms in office that he will “faithfully” enforce the laws.
The use of the word “faithfully,” like the use of the word “all,” is intended to assure voters that they can count on a president who will do the job they hired him to do by enforcing federal laws, not evading them, and by enforcing them as Congress has written them, not as the president might wish them to be.
To be fair, many presidents, from the sainted Thomas Jefferson to the tyrannical FDR, put their own spin on federal law. Jefferson pardoned all those convicted under the Alien and Sedition Acts because he hated a statute that punished free speech and he boasted that he would not enforce that part of the acts (they expired under his watch). And FDR when barely two weeks in office issued an executive order criminalizing the possession of gold because he foolishly thought it would stabilize the banks, until an adviser reminded him that only Congress can write criminal laws (which he then persuaded Congress to do). Yet in President Obama we have a president whose personal interferences in the enforcement of federal laws reveal his view that he can rewrite them and even nullify them.
Presidential law writing violates the presidential oath of office, steals power from Congress, disrespects an equal branch of the government and, when unchecked, accumulates such power in the executive branch that it effectively transforms the president into a menacing tyrant who rejects his constitutional obligations and limitations.
Obama bombed Libya without a declaration of war from Congress. This arguably brought down the Gadhafi government, which led to the current state of lawlessness there, which produced the environment in which our ambassador was murdered in Benghazi in 2012 and established a dangerous precedent because Congress remained officially silent.
He has told the 11 million illegal immigrants who are here and subject to deportation that if they comply with a new set of rules they will not be deported. The constitutional problem is that the president wrote those rules. Only Congress can craft such rules, and by the president's doing so, he has schooled immigrants in how to avoid compliance with federal law.
The president has used drones to kill Americans, but claims he has done so lawfully because he complied with secret rules that he crafted. Under the Constitution, if the president wants someone dead, he must afford the person due process or ask Congress to declare war on the country housing the person. No worries, he says -- he has followed the secret rules that he wrote to govern himself when deciding whom to kill.
The president’s agents now acknowledge that they spy on all of us all the time, including members of the judiciary and Congress. This, too, was done pursuant to a secret presidential directive, secretly approved by judges acting as clerks and not under the Constitution, and by a dozen members of Congress sworn to secrecy. No law authorized this, and the president won’t discuss it meaningfully, except to condemn its revelation.
And in a series of salvos that hit home, the president has modified the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) 29 times, by changing its various dates of effectiveness for some but not for others, by changing the meanings of terms for some but not for others, and even by diluting the signature obligation we all have to obtain the platinum insurance policies it commands for some and not for others. He has done all of this on his own, with no input from Congress. He has even threatened to veto any congressional effort to enact into law the very changes he alone has made.
His latest assault on the Constitution consists of a plan by the Department of Homeland Security, revealed earlier this week, effectively to follow us as we drive on public roads by photographing the license plate of all motor vehicles. This, too, was formulated without congressional approval or constitutional authority.
And while all of this is going on, Congress largely sits as a potted plant. In the Senate, Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have complained long and loud, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will not permit legislation to address presidential lawlessness to reach the Senate floor. A few dozen Republicans in the House have complained, but Speaker John Boehner will not permit the House to address corrective legislation. Institutionally and officially, Congress is sleeping.
Can you imagine how a Democratic Congress would have reacted if Ronald Reagan had instructed the IRS to cease collecting capital gains taxes so as to spur economic activity; or how a Republican Congress would have reacted if Bill Clinton had instructed the IRS to add a 1-percent rate increase to the tax bills of billionaires so as to close a budget gap?
These are dangerous times because this is a lawless presidency and a pliant Congress. The president's willingness to violate the Constitution publicly calls into question his fitness for office. And that deafening silence from Capitol Hill manifests a spineless refusal to preserve constitutional government.
The whole purpose of dividing and separating governmental powers is the preservation of personal liberty by preventing the accumulation of too much power in one branch or, heaven forbid, in one person. Whoever permits this to take place lacks fidelity to the Constitution, is unworthy of holding governmental power in a free society and should be removed from office.
Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel. He joined FNC in January 1998. Judge Napolitano has written seven books on the U.S. Constitution. The most recent is “Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom.” To find out more about Judge Napolitano and to read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit www.creators.com .
Saturday the La Crosse Tea Party and Overpasses for America held a rally to defy an unconstitutional ordinance in the Town of Campbell, Wisconsin. The demonstration began under sunny skies and chilly temps with 2 bald
eagles circling overhead bolstering the spirits of the patriots.
Four demonstrators were given citations while exercising their constitutionally protected right to free speech on a public sidewalk. 3 of the demonstrators were merely holding American or Gadsden flags, but one was holding a wooden cross. The citations are $132.90 each.
The videos show Campbell Police unprofessionally demanding citizens to produce a drivers license or state ID. Wisconsin law only requires someone to provide their name, address and date of birth if legally detained by law enforcement. When patriotic citizens could not or would not produce an ID officer Casper and Chief of police Kelemen clearly didn't know what to do. At one point the chief told Casper "if they are uncooperative, just move on to the next one".
The police involvement ended with the 2 officers unbelievably citing a Tea Party patriot and his son for holding a wooden cross!