On Wisconsin! Recall vote Aug 9

Aug 9 - (from AFL-CIO Blog Now News)


Wisconsin voters go to the polls today to recall six of Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) closest state Senate allies. The "Walker 6" spearheaded his move to take away the collective bargaining rights of public employees and ram through a budget devastating to working families.


Over the weekend and through Election Day, thousands of volunteers in cities and towns across Wisconsin are making the final get-out-the-vote push by knocking on doors and making phone calls. This person-to-person effort will help counteract the right-wing efforts to suppress Tuesday’s vote.


The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO says the dirty tricks include:

• Americans for Prosperity (the Koch Brothers) sending absentee ballot mailings with the incorrect election date.

• Right to Life handing out monetary gifts to their volunteers based on how many absentee ballots they can obtain completed for their candidates. State law prohibits giving anything of value to any voter “or any other person” to induce someone to vote.

• A right-wing third party “election bullying” scheme training poll volunteers with incorrect information on how to challenge voters at polling places, which could lead to intimidation at the ballot box.

The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO  is circulating a petition call on the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board to investigate all election-related claims.


Here are Tuesday’s six races:

• District 2: Sen. Robert Cowles (R) vs. Nancy Nusbaum (D)
• District 8: Sen. Alberta Darling (R) vs. Rep. Sandy Pasch (D)
• District 10: Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R) vs. Shelly Moore (D)
• District 14: Sen. Luther Olsen (R) vs. Rep. Fred Clark (D)
• District 18: Sen. Randy Hopper (R) vs. Jessica King (D)
• District 32: Sen. Dan Kapanke (R) vs. Rep. Jennifer Shilling (D)

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