|Vol. 13 No. 16
AUGUST 6, 2018
by Jonathan Gramling
by Heidi M. Pascual
Columns & Features
Now More than Ever
|AFRICA FEST 2018
AT MCPIKE PARK
I made a major faux pas in the last issue of The Capital City Hues. I referred to the graduate chapter of the Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority as the Epsilon Delta Chapter, which is actually the undergraduate chapter at UW-Madison.
The graduate chapter is Kappa Psi Omega. I truly regret this error.
Usually at this time of year, we are experiencing the lazy, hazy days of summer where we try as to think as little as
possible and try to enjoy the out-of-doors, fresh produce and family and friends. Right now, people are focused on
getting those last days of vacation in and are reluctantly preparing for the upcoming school year.
And yet, something important is happening in August, something where we all need to pay attention, get informed
and act. The Democratic and Republican primaries for state government elected positions are being held on August
14th — with absentee voting occurring in Madison Public Libraries and the city clerk’s office all this week with
city clerk’s office even open on Saturday to allow you to vote.
Now statewide, according to Dane County Clerk Scott McDonnell, only 20 percent of registered voters are
expected to vote on August 14th, only one out of five voters. What this means to me is that when I vote, my vote
is actually counting for me and for four other voters who didn’t show up to the polls. Suddenly I am the
spokesperson for five voters and no one elected me to the position.
These are important positions that are up for the voters to decide upon. There are elections for governor, lieutenant
governor, secretary of state and state treasurer as well as races for state senate and state representative. There are
also primaries for the Democratic and Republican nominees for U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative for the
Second District. There are elections for all kinds of folks who will be making important decisions about our lives
over the next 2-6 years, depending on their term of office.
Isn’t that too important to be left up to someone else? What if you are for candidate A running for governor, but
you don’t vote and then someone else votes for Candidate B? In essence, their vote counts for you as well, making
it more likely that Candidate B will win the election. Don’t you want to speak for yourself?
And there is a lot to be decided this election. We have a number of candidates up for election. In the Democratic
gubernatorial primary, we have Madison’s own Mahlon Mitchell, the head of the state firefighter’s organization.
Mahon is one of eight candidates vying for the nomination.
For secretary of state, we have Arvina Martin running for the Democratic nomination. She is a member of the Ho
Chunk nation, a longtime political activist and a Madison alder. I like her idea of making the secretary of state’s
office into a bully pulpit to encourage citizen participation and fairness in elections. -- READ MORE