Today in 1872: Great Britain, under the leadership of William Gladstone, passes a law requiring voting by secret ballot.
Previously, people had to mount a platform in public and announce their choice of candidate to the officer who then recorded it in the poll book. Secrecy served to prevent the possibility of coercion and retaliation for one’s vote.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight, join some of Wisconsin’s award-winning political cartoonists as they explain the art of their art. Featured are Joe Heller of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Phil Hands of the Wisconsin State Journal, independent cartoonist Mike Konopacki and moderator Alan Talaga of Isthmus. The event is free. All are welcome to attend, and membership in SPJ is not necessary. This is tonight from 7 to 9pm at Brocach
Become part of the growing volunteer component of the State Natural Area Program and pull, bag, and cut herbaceous invasives! This is Saturday from 9am to noon at the Kettle Moraine Oak Opening State Natural Area near Whitewater. Wear long pants, long shirt, gloves, and sturdy footwear. Bring drinking water, bug spray, and energy! For cancellation due to weather conditions, call 608-228-4349 at least two hours prior to the event. For directions and rsvp, email Jared at email@example.com or call 608-228-4349. But if you don’t get around to notifying, come anyway!