ELECTION and Much More!
APRIL 2 - FINAL DAY TO REQUEST!
Election - April 7
Thank you to all of our municipal clerks who have been working diligently to establish a safe environment for voters and pollworkers. It is encouraging to see the creative effort of these local officials. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!
The Village of Wind Point E-News, my voting precinct, arrived yesterday outlining the election process they will follow. Excellent information, so let me restate some of the guidance they provided.
Voters who are unable to enter the building to vote will be allowed the option of curb-side voting
Tape will be placed on the floor 6 feet apart to show voters where to stand to maintain social distancing
Voters will be provided a sanitized pen upon entering the polls
Have your ID ready - place it on the table for examination by a pollworker - when your name has been found on the rolls the book will be slid to the edge of the table for you to approach and sign
Mark your ballot and place into the tabulator then return your pen to a pollworker for it to be sanitized for the next voter.
Consider voting during off peak times to avoid a crowd in line. Peak times in the morning between 7:00 am and 9:00 am and the evening between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
Consider an alternative to bringing children along to vote
Consider coming to the polls alone to limit the number of people in line at any given time.
We're ALL In This Together
As your state representative, one of the things I can do to serve you, particularly during this ever-changing COVID-19 health emergency, is to help you sort through the clutter of information so that you can make the best decision for your family.
Here are some essential and reliable resources to which you can turn for updates during this time of uncertainty.
Official information from the state of Wisconsin - visit Governor Evers website where official notices and orders are posted.
If you are physically at higher risk for severe illness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes you are at risk if:
Higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:
People aged 65 years and older
People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
People with underlying medical conditions, which could include the following:
People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
People who have serious heart conditions
People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
People of any age with severe obesity or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk
It’s recommend that people who are pregnant be monitored
Jobs Impacted - Unemployment benefits are available so begin your application process online. Presently the Department of Workforce Development has this guidance for applicants: DWD is experiencing an unprecedented call volume to our unemployment insurance and IT help lines. Unless you have received official notification from Unemployment Insurance that you must call our call center, please search for your answer at dwd.wi.gov/covid19/ or dwd.wi.gov/uiben/faqs in order to free up phone lines for folks who are required to call in.
If you are out of work or on reduced hours due to COVID-19, we encourage you to submit an unemployment insurance claim. Overwhelmingly, 98% of applicants can submit with ease online at dwd.wi.gov/uiben.
Trusted Websites: Accurate and Up-to-Date Information
The Center for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
The Department of Health Services https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm
Whitehouse and Federal Agencies Clearinghouse https://www.coronavirus.gov
State Parks and Trails are open to the public free of charge. Take time to get out and enjoy the fresh air and beauty of Wisconsin during this time of "Safer at Home". Please follow social distancing guidelines.
Support local businesses when you are able. My website has a listing of local eateries offering take out, curbside pick up and delivery. Check out the list here.