Rally To Celebrate Turning In Recall Walker Petition Signatures Jan. 17th
WISCONSINREPORT.COM (01/16/2011) - United Wisconsin and partners in the effort to Recall Governor Scott Walker, will hold a rally tomorrow in Madison to celebrate turning in the signatures people throughout Wisconsin signed, calling for the Recall of Walker. The effort needed 540,000 valid signatures to get the recall on ballots so people could officially vote on the issue. Those opposed to Walker were asked to sign because of Walker supported legislation that some say was railroaded through the state legislature by Republicans who are currently in the majority in the Senate and Assembly.
The UnitedWisconsin rally will be held at Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive, Madison WI at 5pm until 8pm. UnitedWisconsin expects MSNBC and Sirius Satellite Radio's Ed Schultz to be on hand for the event.
There were many items that many people have been opposed to that were in the legislation passed shortly after Walker was sworn in early in 2011. Signers were upset about issues involving taking away the right of public employees to participate in collective bargaining over matters that affected their employment. That issue and others caused an uproar that gathered momentum that encouraged protesters by the thousands to demonstrate at the state capital and elsewhere around Wisconsin.
A law requiring voters to either present a Valid Wisconsin Driver's License or a Valid Wisconsin Voter Photo Id was one of the other, several, issues raised through Governor Walker supported legislation passed by his fellow Republicans in the state legislature. The Voter Photo Id law will be required before people are allowed to vote in all elections that take place beginning this year (2012).
The Government Accountability Board has opened a Speakers Bureau and is now accepting requests from groups for staff speakers to get the word out across Wisconsin about the new Voter Photo ID Law.
“Organizations that work with people who may need help getting a photo ID to vote can go to our website and request a speaker,” said Kevin J. Kennedy, Wisconsin’s chief election officer. “The Government Accountability Board does not have the resources to help every individual voter who needs to get a photo ID. We can, however, provide organizations with the tools and knowledge to get the job done.”
“The Voter Photo ID Speakers Bureau is part of the larger public education, information and outreach program the G.A.B. is required to conduct under the new law,” said Elections Division Administrator Nathaniel E. Robinson. “G.A.B. staff members will be available, beginning in October, to make presentations about the new law, and how groups and their members can help make sure everyone who needs a photo ID gets one.”
Because a birth certificate is required to obtain a state ID card, the time to get a proper ID for voting purposes is now rather than at the last minute before the 2012 February Primary, Robinson said.
The G.A.B. may not be able to honor all the requests. Robinson said the Speakers Bureau will give priority to organizations working with citizens who are most unlikely to have the required photo ID to vote.
The Speakers Bureau request form is available on the Board’s website: http://gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/photo-id/speaker-request.
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