Who sits on the bench and how they get there matters!

Mark your calendar for Part 2 of our series on understanding Wisconsin Courts -- December 5, 6:30pm, at the Coughlin Center in Oshkosh. This event will be recorded but will not be live streamed. The Coughlin Center is on the far north side of Oshkosh, and is a very quick and easy drive from Appleton!

While you're waiting for this event to take place here is a recording of Session 1 , held on November 21. The speakers covered how our court system is set up, recusal issues, problems in assigning court cases using the Public Defenders office, DEI issues, both on the bench and in the defendents' chairs, and how to choose a candidate in judicial elections.

The Fall 2022 Election is in the books! Thanks to everyone who took the time to become an informed voter! Early data shows that Wisconsin had a 60% voter turnout, compared with 47.6% nationally! Here's the resource.

Thank you to everyone who voted, who served their community by working at the polls, who served as election observers, who ran the elections (THANK YOU, CLERKS!!), who helped someone else exercise their right to vote by driving someone to the polls or witnessing a ballot, as well as to the candidates who put themselves out there, raising their hands to offer to serve as our representatives. We especially want to thank the candidates who agreed to participate in forums, and who helped voters learn about them and their plans by responding to our Vote411.org online voter guide.

Here is our official statement on why we were not able to hold candidate forums this election.

Where are the forums?

If you are a voter who relies on the forums the League of Women Voters (LWV) provide to hear candidates spell out their positions on the issues, I have sad news. There will be no forums in Winnebago County this year. In each race, one candidate enthusiastically agreed to participate. And one candidate refused. In State Assembly District 54, Donnie Herman chose not to attend. In Assembly District 57, Nate Gustafson said no. And in State Senate District 19, Rachael Cabral-Guevara refused. By turning down our invitation and deciding to keep their positions to themselves, these candidates are also denying an opportunity for their opponents - respectively Lori Palmeri, Stefanie Holt, and Kristin Alfheim - to share their views.

The LWV is founded on the principles of election protection, equal access to the ballot, and non-partisan voter education. It is crucial that elected officials communicate and respond to voters so they can make informed choices that align with their values. We are passionate about free and fair elections. And we are equally passionate about commitment to our nonpartisan policy.

Nonpartisan means free from party affiliation, bias, or designation. The League does not support or oppose candidates for public office in any election, nor does it take a stand for or against a political party. Being nonpartisan does not mean that the LWV doesn’t advocate for policies and issues. It’s that very role of advocacy that helped establish the right to vote for women. We are a nonpartisan political organization, encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government, working to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influencing public policy through edcation and advocacy.

Being political does not make us partisan. We advocate for many issues like representative government, natural resources, and social policies. We bring programs to the community to understand these issues and educate the public. And we invite everyone to join us.

To those candidates who chose not to participate in our effort to educate voters: we will continue to work to educate voters on the myriad issues raised by the candidates who do respond. And we will do so in a nonpartisan manner. We invite ALL candidates to our forums, and send every candidate our questionnaire which is entered directly into the Vote 411.org system. We will never endorse candidates or parties, but we will continue to work to get candidate information to voters who rely on and trust us. And to those candidates who do respond and participate, we thank you for your efforts to help inform voters about your positions - a core principle behind a successful democracy.

At a time when partisan politics is ripping apart communities, we encourage all candidates to work with us to educate voters about their vision for the future and why they chose to run for public office. Voters deserve to know.

So much is happening with LWV!

Check out the LWV-Wisconsin YouTube page for links to recent recorded presentation on Fair Courts, National Popular Vote, and MORE!!

Here is a link to the state League's YouTube page!

The League of Women Voters of Winnebago County is a local organization supported by counterparts at the state and national level. Contact the League of Women Voters of the U.S. at lwv@lwv.org or visit the website at http://www.lwv.org.Contact the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin at lwvwisconsin@lwvwi.org or visit the website at http://www.lwvwi.org.

Are you registered? Do you know where to vote? To find information about voter registration, absentee ballots, and general information about local and national elections, please visit the Voter Information webpage.

Visit the YouTube playlist of all LWV and Oshkosh Media Candidate Forums.

"Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this county."

- Franklin D. Roosevelt