This election season is going to be different than any past election on several fronts. So, here are five key things for bankers to keep in mind this fall.

  1. Vote like your future depends on this election. Wisconsin has already mailed all registered voters an application to vote absentee. If you’ve thrown that piece of mail away and you are not going to vote in-person, you can request an absentee ballot by visiting www.myvote.wi.gov. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. Seriously, do NOT wait. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Thurs., Oct. 29, 2020. Pretend the deadline is October 9.
     
  2. Here are five reliable websites for political information. It can be a little overwhelming trying to process the details of this election, much less know if the information you are receiving is factual. Here are the top five resources for 2020 elections coverage in Wisconsin leading up to November:
    Real Clear Politics
    Ballotpedia
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Wispolitics.com
    The Wheeler Report
     
  3. The Wisconsin Delegation will have new faces working on banking issues in the next Congress. 7th Congressional District (northern Wisconsin): Brand new Congressman Tom Tiffany (R) won a special election in the initial phases of COVID and is expected to win the general election. 5th Congressional District (northwest and west of Milwaukee): Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner is retiring and state Senator Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) is expected to fill this seat.
     
  4. The Wisconsin Legislature is still important to all banks. The Wisconsin legislature battleground races are predominantly in four areas of the state. Northwestern Milwaukee suburbs, Green Bay, western Eau Clair to St. Croix County, and the western Milwaukee Suburbs. There are four key races in the state Senate and approximately 12 in the state Assembly. They will debate and, more importantly, vote on key banker issues in 2021, including COVID liability relief, elder financial fraud prevention, data privacy/cyber security, and credit unions.
     
  5. If you have funds left in your Alliance of Bankers for Wisconsin (ABW) conduit, please authorize to release the funds asap. The funds should be used prior to the election as many of the campaign decisions have already been made, but still need funding. ABW accounts don’t earn interest and the industry, your bank, and you will all be helped by using the funds in the first part of October. WBA recommends that they get used on Wisconsin candidates due to compliance laws.

Thank you for your support of WBA Advocacy and a special shout out to the WBA Advocacy Officers. We appreciate everything you are doing to represent your bank and the banking industry!