Each of the headings below is a link to a longer essay on the Wisconsin PatriotsToolbox website that provides additional information.
Register to Vote
Go to https://myvote.wi.gov/ and click on “Register to Vote.” Then enter your name and date of birth. Use this site to make sure you are registered at your current home address. That same site will also help you find the Municipal Clerk in your area where you can help friends register in person.
How to Vote
The website https://myvote.wi.gov can also tell you where your polling place is and the hours it will be open, who is running for elected offices in your area, and will even generate a sample ballot you can use to research the candidates and record notes (such as endorsements) about them. You can bring the ballot with you into the voting booth to remind you of who to vote for.
Identify Your Elected Officials
Go to https://maps.legis.wisconsin.gov/ and enter your address. A district map will come up along with names, pictures, phone, and email addresses of your Wisconsin State Senator and Assembly Representative. Alternatively, free directories of Wisconsin national and state elected officials can be viewed and downloaded from these two sites:
Contact Your Elected Officials
The two directories linked in the previous section contain email addresses, phone numbers for Washington, DC and Madison offices and sometimes for district offices, and mailing addresses for offices in Madison and Washington, DC. Most elected officials have websites or Facebook pages that give the addresses of their district offices.
You may also call your local public library, city, or town hall for the names of your legislators, and then refer to the two free directories or your county Republican Party office for contact information.
Become a Poll Watcher or Poll Worker
Anyone can be a poll watcher. A brochure titled “Wisconsin Election Observers Rules-at-a-Glance” is available by clicking here: https://elections.wi.gov/sites/elections.wi.gov/files/2020-10/Election%20Observer%20Rules%20at-a-Glance%202020a.pdf.
To become a poll worker, you should ask your county Republican Party leadership team to nominate you. You can find them by clicking here: https://wisgop.org/county-parties/.
You can also contact your local municipal clerk directly. Find him or her by clicking here: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/My-Municipal-Clerk.
Run for Office
Almost anyone can run for any office in America… it’s a great country! But if you want to win, you should sign up for free online and in-person courses on how to run a successful election campaign. The Leadership Institute, American Majority, Heritage Action, and FreedomWorks all offer free candidate training aimed at conservatives. The Republican and Libertarian Parties also offer free training for candidates.
Many conservative organizations and individuals endorse or recommend candidates for public office in Wisconsin. Many of those endorsements and recommendations are reported in a table maintained by the Wisconsin Patriots Toolbox. Click on the title of this section or click here: https://wipatriotstoolbox.com/endorsements/.
How do you know if your elected officials “talk like a conservative but vote like a liberal”? Six websites report the voting records of Wisconsin elected officials and some of them produce scorecards that rank officials by how conservative their voting records are. Click on the title of this section to see how your elected officials vote and rank.
How to Track Bills
Go to legis.wisconsin.gov and scroll down to the “Law and Legislation” section on the left side of the screen and use the search function to find the bill you are following. You may then view the text of the bill. You can also subscribe to updates, receive up-to-the-minute information, and build your own custom news feeds from multiple sources.
The Wisconsin Patriots Toolbox has identified nine organizations that are excellent sources of information about elections in Wisconsin, including how to vote, how to run for office, and much more. They are not necessarily conservative- or libertarian-leaning organizations. Click on the title of this section to find their names and links, and for more information about them, click here.
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