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Vote Tuesday, February 16

Vote! Polls are open Tuesday, from 7:00am – 8:00pm.
Find voting info at  (Find your polling place, update your registration, see your sample ballot, find your elected officials, and more.)
If you have an absentee ballot: witnessed, signed absentee ballots are due by 8:00pm, Tuesday, February 16. Learn more about voting absentee

Voters may register at the polls on election day.
Take your Wisconsin ID, when you go to vote. See acceptable forms of ID
To register, or update your voter registration, take your proof of residence.

By state law, Wisconsin (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 6.76) Workers may take up to three consecutive unpaid hours off work, on election day, to vote.
*Notify employer before election day.* more... “Vote Tuesday, February 16”

Get Ready to Vote November 3!

NOW is a good time to register to vote.
And/or request your absentee ballot.

Yes, we just had the fall primary election, but the November 3 election is coming up fast.
The US Postal Service is experiencing delays, so if you plan to vote by mail, request your absentee ballot NOW, and when you receive it, return it ASAP. Some municipalities may also use secure ballot drop boxes, so keep an eye on your local clerk’s office for information in the coming weeks. The city of Madison just announced it will install 14 secure ballot drop boxes.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission has posted some important deadlines and facts, for November 2020 (read on). Read the full article at… Read more... “Get Ready to Vote November 3!”

COVID-19 Vaccinations for 159’ers

Public-Facing Essential Workers are eligible to get vaccinated now (scroll down to recent post, “Local 159: Time to Bare an Arm!”). Why wait, visit the Wisconsin DHS registry, and sign up today.

All Wisconsinites age 16+ are eligible for the vaccine as of April 5. There are now also seven new pharmacy chains offering vaccines. If you have not been vaccinated, and are not signed up, there has never a better time to sign up.

Vote Tuesday, April 6

Polls open 7:00 am – 8:00 pm. What’s your voting plan?

Find important info for Election Day here

Visit to: view your sample ballot, confirm location of your polling place, see if your registration is current, learn who your elected officials are, track your absentee ballot, and much more.

Who are the labor-friendly candidates? 
Glad you asked…

For Madison Common Council, District 12 Alder Syed Abbas, is endorsed by IBEW Local 159, and the Building Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin.  Alder Syed Abbas is a proven friend of Labor.

Vote Jill Underly, for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Vote Melissa Winker, for State Senate District 13.

Vote Joe Parisi, for Dane County Executive.

For more information about endorsements, races, and voting, scroll down to endorsement lists and links.Read more... “Vote Tuesday, April 6”

Local 159: Time to Bare an Arm!

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Public-Facing Essential Workers are able to get vaccinated now.
This includes:

Utility and communications infrastructure workers who cannot socially distance and are responsible for the fundamental processes and facilities that ensure electric, natural gas, steam, water, wastewater, internet, and telecommunications services are built, maintained, generated, distributed, and delivered to customers.

Read full details in the attached document.