From the Office of Representative Jonathan Brostoff

October, 2016


Dear Neighbors,

Thank you for taking the time to come to my website and read this month's e-newsletter!

As I mentioned in recent e-newsletters, I am not currently permitted to distribute the e-newsletter to each of you directly. This several-months’ “time-out” period is required by a Wisconsin statute that prohibits legislators from using public resources, like those used to produce the e-news, during the election season.

However, I am still able to and always will respond to your inquiries and communications when you contact me in my office — at (608) 266-0650 or Also, you can keep up-to-date with ongoing information and developments by following me on Twitter and Facebook and by visiting my website.

The election is fast approaching! It is essential that everyone has the information and materials required to participate in our political system. There is a lot of information and recent changes can be confusing, so I will attempt to clarify the voting process and requirements below. Registering to vote, voting hours and locations, and proper forms of identification will all be discussed in the following section.

October's featured Business, Nonprofit, and Neighbor are Red Elephant Chocolate, Greater Together, and Earl Buford.

This e-newsletter also includes our regular In the News section; a brief list of upcoming community events; and this month’s highlighted adoptable pets available from the Wisconsin Humane Society-Milwaukee Campus and MADACC.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

The General Election: What You Need to Know

We all know the general election is fast approaching. It is critical that everyone is informed about where and how to vote so that we can all play our part in the democratic process.
Whatever your views, please make every effort to get to the polls and vote on Election Day.

Important Dates

  • Early voting: October 24-November 4

  • Fall General Election: November 8th, 2016

  • Additional deadlines and dates can be found here.

Where to Go

All voters are assigned specific polling locations based on their home address. If you have yet to register, please check here to find your polling location.

Polling places will generally be close to your home, but if you are unable to get to your polling place on Election Day absentee voting is also an option. Please go here to learn more about absentee voting and associated deadlines. Visit here to view a list of groups generously offering free transportation to the polls for voters.


  • You must be at least 18 years of age (you can register early as long as you will be 18 on the date of the election)

  • You must be a U.S. citizen

  • You must have resided at your current address by October 29th of this year

  • If you have been convicted of a felony, you must have completed your sentence and no longer be under supervision


To vote, you must be registered. You can register at the time you go to vote.

  • Check to see if you are registered at MyVote, which is linked here

  • You may register in person (Monday through Friday, from 8:00-4:45) at:
    The City Hall, Office of the Election Commission
    Room 501
    200 East Wells

  • If you have moved or legally changed your name since you last registered, you will need to re-register.

  • You will need to provide proof of residence. The City of Milwaukee has prepared a document detailing acceptable forms which I have linked here and the Elections Commission has prepared one that I have linked here.

Voter ID

Voter ID is shown to prove who you are when you request an absentee ballot or a ballot at your polling place.

Learn how to get a free Wisconsin ID card through the Department of Transportation's site here.

If you do not have a birth certificate, please click here.

To find out if you have an acceptable form of ID, please visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission page called Bring it to the Ballot, which is linked here.


  • The polls at every election are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Everybody in line to vote or inside the polling booth at the time the polls close will be permitted to vote.

  • You have the right to take up to three hours of unpaid time off of work to vote provided you notify your employer at least one day in advance and allow your employer to choose what time you take.

  • If English is not your first language, you may bring someone with you to the polls to translate. This person must not be a representative of your union or your employer. The assistor does not have to be an eligible voter, or of voting age, to help you. 

  • The City of Milwaukee is required by federal law to provide Spanish-language materials, including a translated ballot, at all of their polling places. Also, bilingual poll workers are available at designated polling locations to provide language assistance.

To preview your ballot please visit MyVote linked here.

The upcoming election once again reminds us of the issue of gerrymandering — the process by which district boundaries are re-drawn to serve partisan political interests (rather than population shifts). In 2012 Wisconsin, because of such gerrymandering, was one of only six states in which the party that redrew Assembly and Senate district boundaries obtained a majority seats in the state legislature — one-party control — despite the fact that that party’s candidates had received, statewide, less than half of the total votes cast. This process attacks the demonstrated will of the voters, is fundamentally unfair, weakens our democratic system, increases party polarization, subverts the process of compromise, and renders impossible representative legislative achievement. To learn more about this issue and current efforts to resolve it, please read this TIME article linked here.

Find out more information about all of the candidates by visiting the Wisconsin Vote site, a service of WPR and WPT, by clicking here. For more questions, visit the Election Commission Voter Information Center page at here.

Most importantly, don't forget to vote!

In the News

SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin Care Givers Speakout Against the Looming Crisis in Caregiving

Rep. Brostoff Calls for Change after the Tragic Homicide of a Man with Mental Illness

To keep up with the latest news, click here.

Local Business of the Month: Red Elephant Chocolate

The Red Elephant is known for its delicious chocolates and other desserts. However, this vibrant cafe embodies much more than just a place to buy sweets. The Red Elephant also maintains a commitment to giving back to the community with recipients including the Ronald McDonald House, the Joy House, and U.S. Military Veterans facilities. 

Located at 333 N. Broadway St, the cafe welcomes anyone looking to satisfy their sweet tooth. Come stop by and understand why Red Elephant Chocolate has become renowned for their tasty treats!

For more information on Red Elephant Chocolate, click here.

Nonprofit of the Month:
Greater Together

Greater Together is a local non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of economic and racial equity. By prioritizing inclusion and individual potential, Greater Together aims to both inspire and empower underserved communities.

The organization seeks not only to introduce more people of color to creative and design fields, but also to raise awareness of racial disparities throughout our cities. Given the recent surfacing of Milwaukee’s deeply-rooted racial tensions, the need for the critical work done by Greater Together is more evident than ever.

For more information on Greater Together, click here.

Neighbors of the Month:
Earl Buford

Earl Buford is a local community member who has committed himself to improving our community through workforce development for nearly two decades.

Buford spent 15 years at the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership before being promoted to President/CEO of the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board. As President and CEO, Buford faces the intimidating tasks of increasing the efficiency and productivity of both the job market and workforce.

Buford's role with MAWIB is centered around collaboration and relationship building with companies and industries. However, Buford also has a much more personalized approach to workforce development.

Growing up, Buford was taught the importance of helping others and spent time working at food pantries and showing solidarity at rallies. Today, Buford's selflessness is reflected in his commitment to helping individuals, many of whom now have family-sustaining jobs because of his efforts.

Thank you, Earl, for your continued contributions to our community!

Halloween Activities in MKE

Oct. 29th

Monster Dash Family Fun Run

Serious runners and leisure joggers will enjoy this family oriented chip-timed race. Enjoy a scenic course and refreshments after the race.
Click here for more information.

Oct. 29th

Apocalypse Halloween Dance Party

Come in costume and get ready to hit the dance floor! Prizes will be available for costume contest winners.
Click here for more information.

Oct. 29th & 30th

Dinner Theater: Dracula at Old World Wisconsin

Enjoy a unique and themed dinner in a 1890s barn then travel by lamplight across grounds to a 19th century theater for a viewing of Dracula.
Click here for more information.

Oct. 30th

Homestead Animal Farm, Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Feed baby animals, wander through a corn maze and pick pumpkins to enjoy the traditions of fall.
Click here for more information.
Oct. 30th

The Hill Has Eyes Haunted House

Experience sheer terror as you walk through outdoor attractions. Cash prizes will be available for winners of tonight's "Fear Factor" event. You'll have to be able to STOMACH your fears.
Click here for more information.

Trick-or-Treat Times

Saturday, Oct 29 Bay View: 5:00-8:00pm
Sunday, Oct 30 Downtown Milwaukee: 1:00-4:00pm
Eastside Milwaukee: 1:00-4:00pm
Riverwest: 1:00-4:00pm

Upcoming Events

Oct. 29th El Dia De Los Muertos Dinner

Come celebrate the holiday with a three course authentic Mexican Dinner!
4:00-10:30pm at Dicken's Bar and Grill

Click here for more information

Nov. 3rd Trivia Night Come test your trivia skills for a chance to win prizes at Curly Waterfront’s Sports Bar and Grille
Click here for more information.
Nov. 5th Family Free Day at the Zoo Enjoy one last day at the zoo before winter comes. Indoor exhibits will be available for those hoping to stay warm.
For more information, click here.
Nov 12th-13th Trainfest Experience America’s largest operating model railroad show. Train lovers of all ages will appreciate this event
Click here for more information.
Nov. 13th  Milwaukee LGBT movie night and potluck LGBT movie night and potluck
Come enjoy a movie, potluck and great conversation.
Click here for more information.
Nov. 16th Adult Coloring Club Come unwind by enjoying this free and relaxing event. Coloring sheets and materials provided.
Click here for more information.
Nov. 16th Mom's Day Out Come take a hike at the Retzer Nature Center while the kids are in school.
Click here for more information.
Nov 18th  Pizza Making Lessons  Learn how to stretch dough, toss it in the air and create a yummy masterpiece
Click here for more information.
Nov. 24th Drumstick Dash 5K Kick off Thanksgiving morning with a 5k race at Miller Park. A portion of proceeds go to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.
Click here for more information.

Free Admission Days

Milwaukee Art Museum
1st Friday of each month
700 N. Art Museum Drive

Milwaukee Public Museum
1st Thursday of each month
800 W. Wells St.

Betty Brinn Children's Museum
3rd Thursday of each month 5pm-8
929 E. Wisconsin St.

Mitchell Park Domes
Mondays 9am-12pm
524 S. Layton Blvd.

Adoptable Pets

Panda is an 11-year-old tuxedo cat available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society Milwaukee Campus. She’s a fantastic gal who loves attention, but likes to be in control of how much petting she gets so she’s seeking a home without young kids under 13.

She’s been waiting patiently at the Wisconsin Humane Society Milwaukee Campus for more than 100 days, so you name the adoption fee.

For more information about Panda, please click here.

is a super fun, sweet 3-year-old girl at MADACC.

She loves to run in the yard, spending time with the volunteers, and playing with other dogs. Come meet her today!

For more information about Angel, please click here.


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