Every Friday, Stuff We Missed looks to other Milwaukee publications (and beyond) for, well, stuff we missed throughout the week.
• This Friday feature is called “Stuff We Missed,” but we’re seriously thinking about temporarily rebranding it “Voter Suppression Stuff We Missed.” You know, because of Wisconsin and all.
Anyway, earlier this week, the Milwaukee Election Commission announced that Miller Park and Fiserv Forum will NOT be used as early voting sites as previously planned. Why? Because of the possibility that the sites (and the votes cast in them) could be legally challenged. And so it goes with Thursday’s news that a federal appeals court has reversed a ruling that would have allowed extra time to count Wisconsin absentee ballots. Now that the oft-challenged and oft-reversed ruling has been tossed for good, any and all absentee ballots must be returned by Election Day in order to be counted. No more “postmarked by Election Day” stuff.
So, if you’re still planning to send in your absentee ballot via mail, do it now. Better yet, if you’re a City of Milwaukee resident, use one of these secure drop boxes:
• Atkinson Library (1960 W Atkinson Ave.)
• Bay View Library (2566 S Kinnickinnic Ave.)
• Capitol Library (3969 N 74th St.)
• Center Street Library (2727 W Fond du Lac Ave.)
• Central Library (814 W Wisconsin Ave.)
• City Hall Complex (200 E Wells St., on east side Market St.)
• East Library (2320 N Cramer St.)
• Election Commission Warehouse (1901 S Kinnickinnic Ave.)
• Good Hope Library (7715 W Good Hope Rd.)
• Martin Luther King Library (310 W Locust St.)
• Mitchell Street Library (906 W Historic Mitchell St.)
• Tippecanoe Library (3912 S Howell Ave.)
• Villard Square Library (5190 N 35th St.)
• Washington Park Library (2121 N Sherman Blvd.)
• Zablocki Library (3501 W Oklahoma Ave.)
“Good luck and G-d bless, Wisconsin. You are going to need it,” wrote Judge Ilana Rovner in the lone dissenting opinion on the ballot-counting extension case. Indeed. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
• We’ll let this headline speak for itself: “Wisconsin axes stadium voting in Milwaukee, but says it’s just fine in lily-white Green Bay.” [Deadspin]
• We’ll let this headline speak for itself, too: “More than 1 million people could lose their vote on Nov. 3. That’s the best-case scenario.” [USA Today]
• WebsterX: “The weight of this election is heavier than ever. In the past year in Wisconsin we’ve seen to what lengths the system will go to suppress voters, especially votes from people of color. Wisconsin could be the deciding state in this election, cities like Milwaukee & Madison really need to turn out and do the right thing in order to be the change we want to see. Make the simple and privileged effort this fall and go out and VOTE!” [YouTube]
• NEW SOMETHING TO DO VIDEO! WITH DOGS! [YouTube]
• You can order a “Mike Pence with a fly on his head” bobblehead from the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, proving that “Gee, that was fast” novelty bobbleheads are the new “Gee, that was fast” novelty T-shirts. [OnMilwaukee]
• Ugh, what a week. Have a great weekend, Milwaukee!