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As soon as I finish posting this, I will be heading to my local village hall to cast my absentee ballot for Tom Barrett and Mahlon Mitchell, the two Democrats facing Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. Recall elections are scheduled for June 5th after a million Wisconsinites signed recall petitions.

After I vote, I will swing by the post office on my way to work to mail the pre-paid return envelope I received from the Walker campaign on Friday. They wanted a hundred dollars, or a thousand, or ten thousand. I'm giving a penny. We took a big cut in take-home pay this year thanks to Walker. Our property taxes went up again, our home value went down again, and the University of Wisconsin also raised its tuition while cutting programs. I have a son starting classes there in the fall.

Families have been needlessly divided. Neighbors have decided not to speak to each other. Our most trusted public servants, the ones who do the work every day, have been insulted, abused,and scapegoated. Schools have laid off teachers.  Wisconsin leads the nation in job losses since Walker took office.

Choke on my penny, Walker.

Daily Kos readers know why Wisconsin is recalling Walker, Kleefisch, and four state Senators, but in case you've forgotten, here are some reminders...

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Originally posted to Giles Goat Boy on Mon May 21, 2012 at 06:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, Progressive Hippie, and German American Friendship Group.

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  •  As goes Wisconsin, (17+ / 0-)

    so goes the nation.
    I hope this recall is successful, and that other states will follow your lead!!!

  •  Thanks for the visual reminders... (9+ / 0-)

    I'm in Florida (where we don't have recalls) but I'm sending Barrett some money so I can experience the recall vicariously. lol

    (sending a faded old penny to Walker too!)

    "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

    by markthshark on Mon May 21, 2012 at 06:39:49 AM PDT

  •  Wouldn't it be more symbolic (5+ / 0-)
    After I vote, I will swing by the post office on my way to work to mail the pre-paid return envelope I received from the Walker campaign on Friday. They wanted a hundred dollars, or a thousand, or ten thousand. I'm giving a penny.
    to include bits of rotting cheese?
    •  :) I thought about it all weekend. (3+ / 0-)
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      Alan Arizona, radarlady, JVolvo

      Decided to go with the penny. I know their paid "volunteers" don't read anything, they just collect the dough, so my purpose was to simply make them spend the money on postage. A penny with no other comment seemed like the best way to send a quick message. Maybe it will make the person think while they are peeling the tape off the index card to get to the penny.

      "They are an entire cruise ship of evil clowns, these current Republicans"...concernedamerican

      by Giles Goat Boy on Mon May 21, 2012 at 07:18:59 AM PDT

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      •  We packed the prepaid envelope (7+ / 0-)

        from Walker with junk mail.  Not even a cent for him!

        Ours goes in the mail today, too, when my spouse heads down to do his absentee ballot, as he will be absent on election day.  

        I will be voting in person.  I have been looking forward for so long to marching to the polls that day that I wouldn't miss it!

        "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

        by Cream City on Mon May 21, 2012 at 08:29:24 AM PDT

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        •  on-line video that supports Occupy suggests (2+ / 0-)
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          JVolvo, Cream City

          putting in cardboard (in response to credit card or bank mailings that have prepaid return envelopes) because they have to be handled more carefully and cost the payer more. So you might want to do that.
          I always try to put in enough stuff to make the envelope weigh more than 1 ounce.

          We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

          by Tamar on Mon May 21, 2012 at 11:00:42 AM PDT

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  •  Pre-Paid Envelope Protesting... (3+ / 0-)
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    bythesea, Giles Goat Boy, JVolvo

    Our Fair City...a campy post-apocalyptic science fiction radio epic!

    by The BBQ Chicken Madness on Mon May 21, 2012 at 06:56:01 AM PDT

  •  Time to go and vote. (3+ / 0-)
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    Giles Goat Boy, funluvn1, JVolvo
  •  GOTV Wisconsin! You all rawk! (5+ / 0-)

    We have to hold the line here

  •  Delay in absentee ballots (1+ / 0-)
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    If you were planning on voting absentee you may want to reconsider and instead vote early.   There may not be enough time to get all of the absentee ballots out before June 5 due to the short amount of time between the primary and the general election.

    •  But you can't do both. So only vote once, it used (3+ / 0-)

      to be ok to vote absentee and then "change" your vote at the polls, but if you do that now, they won't count your vote and not only that, IT IS A FELONY!!!!

    •  Do you have a link to the info about the absentee (1+ / 0-)
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      cville townie

      ballots, Mary? Is that what the GAB is saying? I just know that the rules have changed and you can only vote once or it won't count.

      So, if you have already mailed in an absentee ballot, definitely don't vote again.

      I am not sure what you should do if you are still waiting to get an absentee ballot.  Does anybody know the answer to that?

      Again, don't vote twice, no matter what. Vote once for Barrett.

      •  I'm waiting (1+ / 0-)
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        I mailed in a request for an absentee ballot last week because I will be out of the state from June 3 through June 9.    If I don't get it in the next week I am going to have to check to see if I can do an early vote.

        Good points about doing absentee and voting in person.  I do know one elderly couple voted absentee in one of the recent elections, but then to be sure that their vote counted they voted in person.   I thik it was an innocent mistake, but the mood in the state right now is to make an example out of people, so they were procescuted.

        •  I just looked at the GAB website and I don't see (1+ / 0-)
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          anything about a delay in absentee ballots getting out.

          I wouldn't put it past Scott Walker to go after senior citizens who are forgetful and voted twice by mistake if he wins. He does not seem to like senior citizens or veterans much does he?

          At first I thought you meant people should vote twice, but now I see you mean if you haven't voted already, just vote early.

          Thanks for responding to my question.

          •  Here is the information from the GAB website: (1+ / 0-)
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            They are not saying anything about a delay that I see:

            Absentee Voting
            How to apply for an absentee ballot

            If you are not already registered, you will need to register to vote before an absentee ballot can be sent to you.  
            Request by Mail

            Download the Application For Absentee Ballot (GAB-121).  Complete the form and mail it to your municipal clerk's office (for the correct address please refer to the Listing of Local Municipal Clerks).  The application must be received by the clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday  before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you.  
            Request by E-Mail or Fax

            A voter may request that a ballot be sent to them by sending an e-mail or fax to their municipal clerk. (See Directory of Local Municipal Clerks.)  Before the ballot can be counted on election day, the municipal clerk must have received a request from the voter with an original signature. (Print your emailed request, sign it, and return it with your ballot, but outside the certified ballot envelope.) This request should be made no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you.
            In-Person at your Municipal Clerk's Office

            This can be done up until 5 p.m. on the Friday before the election.  Please check with your municipal clerk for regular office hours.

            If you apply for an absentee ballot in your municipal clerk's office, you must vote immediately, seal your ballot in the proper envelope, and return it to a member of the clerk's staff.  No ballots may be taken from the clerk's office.
            Instructions for Completing Absentee Ballot

            Uniform instructions for absentee voters: Click here

            Deadline for Returning Ballot: The completed ballot must be received by the municipal clerk no later than the day of the election so that it can be delivered to the polling location by 8 p.m.

            If you do not know who your clerk is, or where the clerk's office is located, please refer to the Listing of all Wisconsin Municipal Clerks. Use the "Find" command in Adobe Acrobat Reader to search for a specific municipal clerk. This listing contains telephone and fax numbers as well as addresses

            * Please note that there are exceptions for military and overseas voters.  Please refer to the Miltary and Overseas Voting page for rules.

            Here's the GAB pageGAB page
        •  Mary, maybe you are talking about this: (1+ / 0-)
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          The GAB did send out this notice on May 2, 2012:

          What Voters Need to Know About Absentee Ballot Application Solicitations
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          May 2, 2012

          MADISON, WI – Absentee ballot applications paid for by the Republican Party, which many Wisconsin voters have been receiving in the mail are permissible, according to the Government Accountability Board.

          The G.A.B. and municipal clerks around the state have been receiving numerous complaints about the mailers because they also contain campaign messages, said Kevin J. Kennedy, director and general counsel of the G.A.B.
          The return mailer comes with the address of the voter’s local municipal clerk, to whom the request must be sent. This has led many people to wrongly assume that the clerk is responsible for the mailer, Kennedy said.

          Many different political parties and interest groups have used this kind of mailer in the past in their get-out-the-vote efforts, Kennedy said. In addition to possibly implying that the municipality produced it, the problem with these kinds of mailers is that some have incorrect addresses for the clerk’s office, meaning the request is misdirected or delayed.

          So far, the G.A.B. is not aware of any address problems with the most recent Republican Party mailer, but Kennedy cautioned voters to double check their municipal clerk’s address to make sure it is correct if they use the application to request an absentee ballot.  Voters who object to the political message should contact the Republican Party of Wisconsin. A directory of clerks is available here:

          Most voters who wish to cast absentee ballots by mail must submit their written request by 5 p.m. the Thursday before the election. Voters who are military or who are indefinitely confined due to age, disability, infirmity or illness may request absentee ballots by 5 p.m. Thursday. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, and received by 4 p.m. Friday, May 11 in order to be counted.

          Those wishing to vote early may also do so in-person at their municipal clerk’s office during normal business hours. The period for in-person absentee voting ends Friday, May 4 at 5 p.m. or the close of business, whichever is later.

          For more information, contact:

          Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887

          Are you afraid you sent your absentee ballot request to the Republican party or one of their groups by mistake?
    •  Also, sorry for calling you a troll on Saturday (0+ / 0-)

      and hide rating your comments. You sound like you don't like Barrett or want a recall, but I have decided you have a right to your opinions and I probably overreacted due to lack of sleep.

      Somebody said you were just concerned.  I get concerned a lot also, so, I understand how you feel.

      Just remember, it is better sometimes to stand up for what is right even if it is scary to do that. It is not easy, I know.

    •  No evidence of your statement. (2+ / 0-)
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      cville townie, ER Doc
      There may not be enough time to get all of the absentee ballots out before June 5 due to the short amount of time between the primary and the general election.
      On what do you base your comment?

      "They are an entire cruise ship of evil clowns, these current Republicans"...concernedamerican

      by Giles Goat Boy on Mon May 21, 2012 at 09:01:14 AM PDT

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  •  Dems will lose this one - won't be close (1+ / 0-)
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    Cream City

    I just drove across rural WI yesterday from the Illinois border up into MN. Saw one, that's right, one pro-Barrett sign. Saw thousands of Pro-Walker signs.

    The DNC will rue the day when it comes time for the general election because a lot of Wi Dems will be so let down by the lack of support they got that they'll give them a giant F U when November rolls around.

  •  Go Badgers! nt (2+ / 0-)
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    rosarugosa, scribeboy

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Mon May 21, 2012 at 09:05:08 AM PDT

  •  My city hall just got the ballots today (4+ / 0-)

    and they need to view and initial each ballot they mail out before they can mail them out.

    They said that they'll start mailing on Wednesday. I am checking up on it for my kid, who is away at college, and got her primary ballot the THURSDAY before the election. Unacceptable. How would anyone who lives abroad be able to get one in on time?

  •  GGB: could you post donation site (again) for the (0+ / 0-)

    Democratic state Senate candidates running against the recalled Republicans?
    I've sent money to Lori Compas (and will again) without paying any attention to her chances to win because she's so amazing that I believe she can do anything.

    We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

    by Tamar on Mon May 21, 2012 at 10:58:16 AM PDT

  •  Tipped, recced and republished to (1+ / 0-)
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    Badger State Progressive.
    Bucky wants to know why some county clerks haven't any ballots available.
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    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Mon May 21, 2012 at 08:29:30 PM PDT

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