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 April 7 Election: we must move Forward...

 

 

Strive to continue Forward

Some constituents have expressed late concern about proceeding with the election on Tuesday. I appreciate their concern. Let us not let fear get the better of us. I'll admit to developing minor phobias every time I hear someone talking about the symptoms of COVID 19.  

If we were to move the election, to what date should we extend it to? April 21? May 7? June? We don't have enough knowledge about this virus to make that choice. 

This is an unprecedented time in our state and our nation’s history. In the last several weeks, we have seen the courage and strength of our Wisconsin citizens grow exponentially every day. As a state, Wisconsin has been optimistic during times of hardship. We seek to emulate the brave citizens who propelled our state into the future, empowered by the word Forward.

Now more than ever, it is important that we continue to move Forward. We must maintain our essential services and industries that keep our society moving. One of these essential services is the government. Citizens are looking to strong leadership now more than ever, and the government must remain strong and enduring at all levels during times of national crisis. 

With the unique circumstances surrounding this election, it is imperative that we continue to move Forward. All across the state, municipal officials are set to be expelled from office due to statutory term deadlines. We cannot force them to remain in office. We cannot let these seats go unfilled. These are the local government officials who keep our city and town services functioning. These officials oversee city workers who collect trash, monitor water quality, and properly compensate our police forces and first responders. Without local officials, and this election, chaos may ensue statewide. 

Just as it is incumbent upon first responders, manufacturers, and grocery stores to provide a safe environment, local leaders and election officials must do the same. Election officials, clerks, and poll workers must continue to operate and take appropriate precautions to keep our state moving Forward.

As citizens it is also our responsibility to act appropriately in public. Even if you don't believe this virus is a problem, respect others who have great concern and give them their space. We are in this together, and essential services must continue - including elections.

 

Sincerely,


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Town of Genesee is Ready for April 7

We received this message from the town Chairwoman Sharon Leair. “Here is what we are doing on Election Day and as matter fact right now with absentee voting. I had our Public Works guys build plexiglass dividers”. Nice work! 

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Statement from Legislative Leadership

Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald released the following statement.

“In a crisis, people look for certainty. In elections during uncertain times, it’s important that no one questions the process. That’s why it’s so disappointing that Governor Evers has flip-flopped on the very question that we have been discussing over the past month.

“If the governor had legitimate concerns, we could have come to a bipartisan solution weeks ago. This discussion would have happened long before today. The only bipartisan discussion we’ve had was to ensure the election would continue safely and to maximize the opportunity to vote absentee.

“Unfortunately, it’s this type of feckless leadership Wisconsin has come to expect of the governor in the face of this crisis. Instead of remaining strong to ensure our representative democracy continues, he caves under political pressures from national liberal special interest groups.

“Hundreds of thousands of workers are going to their jobs every day, serving in essential roles in our society. There’s no question that an election is just as important as getting take-out food.

“Our Republic must continue to function, and the many local government positions on the ballot must be filled so that municipalities can swiftly respond to the crisis at hand. We continue to support what Governor Evers has supported for weeks: the election should continue as planned on Tuesday.”

Click here to see the official statement from Legislative Leadership. 


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