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4/24/2020 12:10:00 PM
Don't complain about untruths

Dear Editor:
Again, those who don't know, complain about things that aren't true.
Beverly Pestel complained about how terrible it was that PRESIDENT Trump made people vote last week. Again, I wonder if anyone in SW Wisconsin has had a Basics of Government class in Wisconsin because the President does not control voting, federally or in individual states.
The Federal government sets only the Election Day for federal offices. In the United States, Election Day is the annual day set by law for the general elections of federal public officials. It is statutorily set as "the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November" or "the first Tuesday after November 1" The earliest possible date is November 2, and the latest possible date is November 8.
States have control over their voting dates and procedures (you MIGHT have noticed all the other state primaries are on different dates). Even if you wanted to change the date, it is not in the power of the Executive Branch to do so. Apparently Governor Evers missed government class as well: "Today, I signed an executive order suspending in-person voting for tomorrow's election," Evers said in a statement. "Frankly, there's no good answer to this problem - I wish it were easy."
In Wisconsin, elections are controlled by the Wisconsin Elections Commission responsible for (as it says on their website) "Administering Wisconsin's Election Laws" including everything from the date of the primary to candidate petitions and polling locations to staffing requirements (and this time they covered polling place Cleaning and Sanitation). If you want to file complaints about the number of polling places, THESE are the people responsible.
So then we can address the question of Mr. Stosh Potocki who asks, if the Wisconsin Supreme Court met virtually, "why couldn't we vote virtually?" You can Mr. Potocki and everyone in the state can, it's called the absentee ballot. They were available in Wisconsin since 47 days before the election. I used them for years due to a variable schedule. All you had to do (or have to do in the future) is to find your clerk at: by searching for your voter record or performing an address search, and request your Absentee Ballot. Then the same Wisconsin Elections Commission rules are that "An absentee ballot must be sent by the following dates to any voter with an absentee application on file.
• 47 days before a federal election
• 21 days before a primary or other election. Wis. Stat. § 7.15(1) (cm).
• When a request for an absentee ballot is made by mail, the absentee ballot must be mailed to the elector within one day of the request."
You request it; it shows up in one day and can go back the next.
Voila' Virtual voting. We've had it for decades.
Mr. Robert W. Enloe complains about Representative Novak and Senator Marklein's behavior in light of the number of polling places in Milwaukee. They are neither the Representative nor Senator for Milwaukee. You'll also notice he only complained about Republicans and apparently all the Democrat representatives and Senators in all of Wisconsin did respond to the Milwaukee situation (but I highly doubt that...).
If you want to complain, find out who is responsible for Milwaukee polling places and address your rage correctly.
Finally, about the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling: the point in question was not a change in date of the election as Governor (see, I use the proper title out of respect for the office) Evers ordered, but a change in absentee balloting deadlines and even The US Supreme Court voted 5-4 on Monday to reverse an order extending the absentee ballot deadline for voting in the Wisconsin elections. Claiming it was a biased decision by Republicans isn't valid. It's simply the law. It's nice that Republicans know that. Again, The Executive Branch makes neither law nor policy. As Michael Muller so correctly states, Governor Evers was pushing for a mail in voting system. If you don't understand that we already have that, go back a few paragraphs. You can all request your FREE Virtual Voting Device (aka an absentee ballot) 47 days before the next election.
John Curran
Dodgeville, WI

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