Getting Ready for the Upcoming Elections

Ashland Daily Press, February 3, 2016

By Sara M. Chase,

With the Spring Primary elections less than two weeks away and a Presidential election towards the end of this year, it’s a good time to think about what one needs to vote and why one should vote.

“This is the backbone of the League of Women Voters,” said LWV ABC President Madelaine Herder. “There has been tireless advocacy work by generations to secure the 19th amendment with the right to vote.”

Herder said it’s important that people get out and vote.

“In the past few years we, the community members have experienced the importance of voting for local candidates on all levels including school boards, as our voices to ensure our quality of life and the quality of life for future generations continues with environmental, education and other areas to ensure livelihoods,” she said. “Please help make democracy work on a local, state and federal level by getting out to vote.”

Local Resident Jim Oakley addressed some of the important things voters need to know.

“There are two things for people to be aware of,” he said. “One is new and that is the photo ID requirements. The other thing is being correctly registered.

“While it (voter registration) may have changed a little it hasn’t changed since the last time people voted. But there’s always new voters or people who maybe only voted once before and they may not know that some of this applies.”

Oakley provided more details on the photo ID requirements.

“The main thing with the photo ID is that you need to have an official ID with a picture,” he said. “It does not have to show your current residence … your photo ID is to verify who you are.”

There are several types of photo IDs that can be used, Oakley said.

“The easiest thing for most people will be their Wisconsin driver’s license,” he said. “A passport is a great example of something that identifies you but it doesn’t have your address on it unless you’ve taken the time to write it in … they don’t expect to see your current residence, it’s to prove who you are.

“Besides that, a tribal ID, military ID, some student IDs.”

Oakley said if you don’t have a photo ID like a driver’s license, you are eligible to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles to get a ‘free’ Wisconsin ID card for voting.

More information is available on the ‘free’ Wisconsin ID card at the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s website there is also a link on the city of Ashland’s website.

Oakley spoke about voter registration.

“People move and sometimes people just move across town. They have to reregister, people get married and their name has changed, unmarried … if your name has changed for any reason you have to get that registered,” he said, explaining that while your current address doesn’t matter for the photo ID it certainly does matter for registration.

“If you have a drivers license and it doesn’t show your current residence you have to show a proof of residence and that can be difficult for some people,” he said.

Oakley noted that people do get turned away and told to come back with the required documentation.

“If your state driver’s license is valid and it has your picture and your name on it, that’s great for the photo ID but if you moved and you have to vote in a different place then the address on your drivers license, then you have to register, you have to show proof of residence,” he said. “For that, there is a whole list of things that you could show. You only have to show one thing for the proof of residences but it has to fit into the list of documents that are accepted.”

Oakley provided some examples of those accepted documents, which need be recent.

“You could have a tax bill for your current residence, if you have a receipt for renting a property, that’s your proof of residence,” he said.

Some other examples included a recent bank statement, paycheck, or utility bill such as a gas, electric or telephone service statement.

“For proof of residences also if somebody gets all of those things online, some people don’t get anything on paper,” he said. “You can bring your smart phone with you or laptop and if you can bring whatever meets those requirements and you can show it online, that’s great too.”

For more information visit the city of Ashland website at the State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board website

Check out the LWV ABC on Facebook or visit them online at as they offer plenty of voter information and links to other helpful websites.

Click here to read this article at the Ashland Daily Press online

Are You Ready to Vote?

The following appeared in the Letters to the Editor in the February 1, 2016 edition of the Ashland Daily Press: 

Dear Readers,

THE PRIMARY ELECTION IS FEBRUARY 16th.  Your vote is essential, as the results will determine your leaders. This first step determines who you want to run for office.

Are you ready to vote?

  • You need a photo ID (WI Driver License, WI ID Card, Passport, Tribal ID Card, Military Card, College ID Card with proof of enrollment.)
  • To  get a free ID go to DMV, 2501 Golf Course Road, Ashland Tu and Th 7am-5pm.  (Off Sanborn Road, Ashland)  Bring original documents to prove your name and date of birth, your identity, proof of citizenship, Social Security number, and Proof of Residence
  • Fore more info:

Are you registered?

You must be a US citizen, at least 18 years old, have resided at your address for 28 consecutive days immediately preceding the election. You can register at your Municipal Clerk’s office up to Friday, Feb 12, 5 pm, or you can register at the polls the day of election.  You will need a photo ID and Proof of Residence.

Where to vote?

You can call your Municipal Clerk and ask.

Absentee ballot requests begin Monday, February 1st and go through February 12th.  You can get your ballot from the Municipal Clerk’s office.  A valid photo ID is needed.  


IF SO CALL: 1-866-868-3947 or go to the site: and they will help you.

The League of Women Voters of Ashland Bayfield County will hold Candidate Forums so that you can hear and see your candidates. Dates will be available soon. Please check

Jo Bailey,  
LWV member on behalf of the League of Women Voters Ashland Bayfield Counties Board






LWV Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Electing the President

Taken From LWV website By Maggie Bush

It may not even be Election Day 2015, but we all know that the battle for the White House in 2016 is already well underway. With presidential primaries just a few months away, the League has answers to voters' most frequently asked questions about the process of electing the president. We have once again teamed up with the Newspaper in Education Institute to produce Electing the President, a handy guide outlining all you need to know about the presidential election process. The guide will appear in newspapers nationwide as well as be shared with schools, community organizations and voters who need a helping hand as they navigate the election process. 

From helping navigate the complex nomination process to providing succinct tips for making sense of the daily barrage of campaign coverage and advertising, Electing the President serves as a go-to resource all the way up to Election Day. Check out our PDF guide here !

Scott Walker and Mary Burke Debates October 10th and 17th

Scott Walker and Mary Burke will participate in two debates. The debates, sponsored by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, will be held Oct. 10 in the La Crosse- Eau Claire area and Oct. 17 in the Milwaukee area. Details about the host stations and debate particulars will be announced in the near future. 

Walker will not participate in other debates, said campaign spokeswoman Alleigh Marré.


Broadcast of Senate & Assembly Candidates 7/23/2014 Debates

The August 12th primary is right around the corner!

Click here  to listen.

Click here to listen.


If you missed the debates last week, you can listen to the broadcast:  

A candidate forum for Wisconsin's 25th Senate and 74th Assembly districts. Democratic Primary candidates answer reporters' questions at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland. Originally broadcast on July 23rd, 2014 on 91.3 FM (Superior) and 90.9 FM (Ashland).


Here was the NGLVC description of the event:

The Senate debate will begin at 6 p.m. and the Assembly debate will begin at 7 p.m. from the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. Both debates, presented by WPR, the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center and Northland College, will be carried live on WPR’s Ideas Network stations, 91.3 Superior, 90.9 Ashland and 90.3 Park Falls. A rebroadcast of the debates is scheduled for Monday, August 11 beginning at 7 p.m.

The Senate and Assembly seats are open with the pending retirement of Senator Bob Jauch of Poplar and State Representative Janet Bewley of Ashland, who is running for Jauch’s seat. Also running in the Democratic primary Senate race are Park Falls Mayor Tom Ratzlaff and Poplar businessman Gary Kauther.

The winner of the August 12 primary election will face Republican Dane Deutsch of Rice Lake in the November 4 general election.

Two Democratic candidates are running for Bewley’s seat in the 74th Assembly District, which includes Bayfield, Ashland, Iron and part of Sawyer Counties. They are Beth Meyers of Bayfield and Graham Garfield of Mason. Jamey Francis of Hurley is the lone Republican in that race.

Northland College President Mike Miller will moderate both debates. The panel of reporters includes former Ashland Daily Press Editor Claire Duquette, Ashland Daily Press reporter Rick Olivo and WPR reporter Mike Simonson. No questions will be taken from the audience. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and seating at the debates is available on a first-come, first-served basis
— NGLVC facebook post