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GOP Seeks to Limit Absentee and Early Voting

Wednesday, 6 November 2013 | ioby
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Wisconsin Republicans are pushing to limit the hours municipal election clerks can accommodate in-person absentee voting. more »

The Spring Election Results

Wednesday, 3 April 2013 | buzz
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  On Wednesday, April 3, 2013, Molly Stentz joined the 8 O’Clock Buzz with Jan Miyasaki to bring you the spring election results.   Molly Stentz is the News and Public Affairs Facilitator at WORT. Listen to the audio below:   more »

Milele Anana – Umoja Magazine

Tuesday, 6 November 2012 | buzz
I Voted

In this special Election Day edition, Milele Chikasa Anana, of Umoja Magazine spoke with our host Aaron Perry on Tuesday, November 6. Milele joins the program to stress the importance of voting. She explains the importance of just one vote, “in 2004, the Mayor’s race in Milwaukee was decided by one single vote…so you’re single individual vote does count. In 1960…the margin of victory that Kennedy had over Nixon was less than 1 voter per precinct…that was a contest that has some similarities and possibilities for this contest. I hope there are people out there who believe that one vote matters.” She stresses the 15th Amendment, which provides each citizen the right to vote, “people can not be denied the right to vote based on race, color, or previous condition.”   Aaron asks Milele to describe some of the changes she has seen, over her lifetime. “I think the election of President Obama is definitely a historical event that will go down in the history books. I think he brought in a fresh perspective, and of course he is the first African American [President]. It is only a few years ago that African Americans were fighting to vote. They had to fight voter intimidation, they had to pass a literacy test, they had to pass the grandfather clause, and they had to pay money to vote. And the NAACP and the ACLU and many organizations were fighting that kind of thing…so to have a person elected president, who just, in the past fifty or sixty years, his folks could not even vote, that is a miracle.”   “If you don’t vote, your opinion does not matter,” Milele explains.   Read more about Milele here.   Listen to the entire conversation here: more »

Democratic Party Dane County – Mike Basford

Thursday, 1 November 2012 | buzz
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On Thursday November 1st, our host Tony Castaneda speaks with the Chair of the Democratic Party of Dane County, Michael Basford. They speak about the upcoming elections next week, and the issues and anxieties that surround it. “All elections are about choices, and I believe we’ve got great candidates running,” Mike says. He describes himself as cautiously confident, saying there is much to be done in the last remaining days before Election day.   There are offices open across Dane County – and people will be out to reach out to people in these last few days. Tony asks about the areas that voted against the recall against Walker; Mike responds “there is very big difference between that election and this election. That election was filled with tons of negative energy…[now] is nowhere what we saw then…and of all the people that voted, exit polls showed that people thought that this recall vote didn’t meet the standards.”   He speaks about the two parties and their respective candidates, explaining his support of the Democratic Party. Tony asks him how Wisconsin became a swing state, and Mike explains “it’s always been a swing state, it’s always been mighty close. Even when Democrats win in WI, it’s not by huge margins. 2008 was a real anomaly. We didn’t know 2004 until well late into the night.” He believes that the results in Wisconsin of the election will be known earlier this year than usual, “we’ll know by 11 p.m. who the President is.”   He explains that one can not reach a decision based on data from one poll: one must gather information from a number of them, “it’s why all these pollsters are in the business,” he explains. Tony raises the issue of voting machines, and their possibility for manipulation and hacking; Mike responds, “we make sure that there are paper ballot alternatives. If you want to cast a paper ballot, you can. Without a paper trail, everything is possible. The way we run it here in Dane County, we have Scantrons, which work great. The integrity of the election is dependent on people having the choice of paper ballots, and knowing that their vote will count. We are sending people all over Dane County to make sure things will go alright.”   Mike Basford can be reached at (608) 513 1387. Union Cab will be providing free rides to people to and from the polling stations.   Listen to the entire …. more »

No Major Voting Fraud, Says DOJ

Tuesday, 5 June 2012 | ioby

As of 3pm, Department of Justice spokesperson Dana Brueck says election monitors across the state reported no major voting fraud issues. Some Irregularities Some people were turned away. The League of Women Voters Wisconsin, a non-partisan non-profit tracking election issues, says some Wisconsin students had a hard time voting. LWV’s Carolyn Castore said they’d gotten over 200 calls from students by 5pm today. The Capital Times is reporting that student turnout is much lower than in other wards. The problems cropped up in places like Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay, areas with large student populations. more »

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