As Kenoshans, we place a high value on our community and what happens to it. Staying engaged through voting is one way to make your voice heard and help positively influence our community as a whole.
There are several actions you can take ahead of time, so you can head into this Election feeling prepared and informed.
Know when to Vote!
- Wisconsin has an upcoming Election on Tuesday, November 6th. Write it into your schedule! Setting aside that time now will make it much easier to fit in the day-of.
- Early voting is at the Municipal Building (625 52nd Street) October 1st thru November 2nd, Monday-Friday 8:00 to 4:30. Click here for more info!
Register to Vote!
- Making sure you are registered (and that your registration is up-to-date) is one of the easiest ways to prepare for an election. Plus, technology can make it even easier.
- Visit myvote.wi.gov and click Register to Vote (or Click Here!).
- Not into the technology thing? You can also get print materials at your neighborhood KPL Branch or through the City Clerk's Office.
Know Your Polling Place!
Myvote.wi.gov also has you covered here. Click this link to go directly to the webpage you need, or give the KPL Reference Desk a call at 564-6130 and we can look it up for you.
Know What IDs You are Bringing!
For information on what IDs you need to have with you, visit bringitwisconsin.com.
Learn About the Candidates!
The best way to be prepared for any Election is to educate yourself about what each Candidate stands for. Concise and combined candidate information often does not come out until closer to the Election.
We will list what we find right here and we will update it as we see more information released.
- This website brings together an incredible amount of voting/election information. Linked here is the information they have gathered for the November Election
- On the Ballot, you will also see Libertarian, Green, and Constitution party representatives, though they do not have Candidates for all offices up for election. See below for more information about these parties.
- Kenosha News:
- Steil outlines his positions on the issues (August 6, 2018)
- Baldwin decries "mess" in Washington during Kenosha campaign stop (August 6, 2018)
- Bryce campaign about construction, not demolition (August 7, 2018)
- Bryce, Steil to vie for Ryan seat (August 14, 2018)
- Bryce, Steil race should be on issues, not soundbites (August 17, 2018)
- Incumbent sheriff, challenger face off at public forum (October 4, 2018)
- Congression candidates address the issues (October 7, 2018)
- Candidates for county sheriff face the issues (October 7, 2018)
- Q&A: Candidates for governor address the issues (October 14, 2018
- New York Times
- Washington Post
- The Capital Times
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- Wisconsin Public Radio
- More on the race for Governor: https://www.wpr.org/governor
- Candidates and Races (Wisconsin Vote is a service of Wisconsin Public Radio and Television): https://www.wisconsinvote.org/candidates-and-races
Wisconsin's Five Recognized Political Parties
All five Parties have candidates on this ballot, though not necessarily for every office up for election.
Referendums on the November Ballot
Medical marijuana advisory referendum on ballot
"Should the state of Wisconsin allow individuals with debilitating medical conditions to use and safely access marijuana for medical purposes, if those individuals have a written recommendation from a licensed Wisconsin physician?”
County Board puts "dark stores" loopholes on November ballot
"Should the state Legislature enact proposed legislation that closes the dark store loopholes, which currently allow commercial retail properties to significantly reduce the assessed valuation and property taxes of such properties, resulting in a substantial shift in taxes levied against other tax paying entities, such as residential homeowners, and/or cuts in essential services provided by an affected municipality?”
City of Kenosha Referendum Question 1
"Should the state legislature protect residential property taxpayers by preventing commercial and manufacturing property owners from using tax loopholes that shift an ever-increasing tax burden to homeowners who already pay 68% of the statewide property tax levy by enacting legislation that: 1) prohibits using closed, vacant (dark) properties as comparable properties for determining the assessed value of open, occupied, and fully operational properties; and 2) overturns the 2008 Wisconsin Supreme Court decision in Walgreens v. City of Madison, which is being interpreted by the courts as requiring municipalities to assess many leased commercial properties at a substantial discount, often 50% below the actual sale prices of such properties?"
- City of Kenosha Referendum Question 2
"Under state law, the increase in the levy of the City of Kenosha for the tax to be imposed for the next fiscal year, 2019, is limited to 1.11%, which results in a levy of $64,906,055.43. Shall the City of Kenosha be allowed to exceed this limit and increase the levy for the next fiscal year, 2019, and on an ongoing basis, for maintaining five additional police officers and two additional firefighters with associated equipment, by a total of 1.73%, which results in a levy of $65,806,055.43, for 2019?"
Other Valuable Resources:
- Voting Absentee: myvote.wi.gov (Absentee Information)
- Kenosha Elections Kenosha County Clerk’s Office (Upcoming Elections)
- Kenosha City Clerk’s Office (Elections)
- Wisconsin Election Commission
- Wisconsin Elections: Fall 2018 Generals Information
Including Candidate Information
- Politifact Fact-Checking: http://www.politifact.com/
- Voting Elsewhere in Kenosha County: