The League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area: Our Response to Corona Virus 19
Our membership’s health and well-being are of utmost concern in this election year. In response, to the current health crisis, the LWVLA is urging its members to heed CDC recommendations and warnings: frequent hand washing, avoiding contact with people who are ill, avoiding large crowds, staying home if ill or health compromised. As we continue our important mission of informing voters and defending democracy, we ask our membership to participate only as far as they are comfortable. Please monitor our website and Facebook for information on up-coming events.
Events that have been canceled or postponed:
3/20: ERO Training with Teri Lehrke
3/25: Onalaska Mayoral Forum
4/5: Climate Forum (will consider rescheduling in the fall.)
4/6: League Book Club
4/14: Earth Day Lunch & Learn
4/18: Legislative Breakfast
Wisconsin Elections Commission Urges Absentee Voting
Make plans now to vote absentee for the April 7 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary.
A special request to our members: Please assist the WEC by advocating for absentee voting in the April 7th election. Share the message below with at least 10 other people and ask them to do the same. Text message, email, or old-school phone tree...
Let's get the word out!
Deadline to register to vote by mail or online: Wednesday, March 30
According to state law, mailed voter registration forms must be postmarked no later than the third Wednesday before the election. Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. the same day. You can check your status and register to vote here.
Register in person in your municipal clerk's office: March 19 until Friday, April 3.
In-person Absentee Voting (Early Voting): March 16 or 23 until April 3.
You can vote an absentee ballot in your municipal clerk's office during specified days and hours. Voting hours and locations for La Crosse County municipal clerks' offices vary and are available here.
Deadline to request an absentee ballot be mailed to you: Thursday, April 2 by 5 PM
The WEC urges registered voters not to wait, due to possible delays in mail delivery. If you get an absentee ballot mailed to you, you can still decide to vote at the polls on Election Day if you haven’t returned it. Applications for absentee ballots can be found here or inquire at your municipal clerk's office. Again, clerks' locations and contact information are here.
Deadline to submit an absentee ballot: Election Day, Tuesday, April 7, by 8 PM
Your absentee ballot must be received in your clerk’s office or at your polling place by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Again, the WEC urges voters to request and return ballots as soon as possible. If you get an absentee ballot mailed to you, you can still decide to vote at the polls on Election Day if you haven’t returned it.
For additional information to prepare you to vote in the Spring Election and Presidential Primary Election,
click on the logos in the boxes below.
Visit the League's New Vote411 Website
VOTE411.org is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific candidate information and links for registration and other voter services.
Responses from candidates for local races will be published later this week.
Thanks to the members of LWVLA's Vote 411 committee for their efforts to provide valuable voter information for our local elections:
Deb Lutjen (Chair), Monta Clark, Nora Garland, Jade Johnson, Fred and Janet Kusch, Martha Linville, Mary Nugent, and Robin Schmidt.
LWVLA is a member of an Inter-League Organization with nearly 50 other Leagues in MN, IA, Il, and WI interested in protection of the Upper Mississippi River.
Stay informed by following them on Facebook or on their website
The January 2020 UMRR Newsletter is available here. I contains articles related to sustainability on a meeting about farmland resiliency in Owatonna, MN, solar investment by citizens of Coon Rapids, MN, and water banking .
Check out the History page on LWV.org, and you will find a new, interactive historical timeline highlighting the League’s achievements over our 100-year history. We hope this glimpse at the breadth of our work over these past 100 years will spark us all with inspiration and solidarity as we celebrate our birthday this week!
League Joins Letter Urging Increased Election System Security
Recent news reports have disclosed troubling weaknesses in commercially marketed voting systems and disturbing conduct by voting system vendors, raising significant questions. Voting system vendors have operated with little oversight and no regulation for decades. Given the gravity and urgency of this issue, LWVUS joined partners urging Senate committees to hold a hearing on election system security. Read our letter here.
Celebrating 100 Years of Women's Suffrage
Welcome to what promises to be a very exciting and busy League year!
Not only are we celebrating a century of women's suffrage, but we are also anticipating a major election and a national census. Now, more than ever, we need your involvement and help.
Please consider becoming involved in League's efforts in one of the following areas:
assisting with voter education or registration,
volunteering to help with our programming and events,
facilitating census and centennial activities,
developing Vote 411 candidate information,
sharing your technology skills with our communication and technology teams,
donating financially to support our efforts to advocate, educate and inform.
If your talents, interests, and/or time are a good fit for any of our activities, let us know that you'd like to get involved by responding to this invitation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a lot to accomplish, Leaguers, but together we can do it!
It's going to be a great year.
Mary Nugent, LWVLA President