US Troop Withdrawl Referendums Before Voters In Several Wisconsin Communities

The US military's involvement in Iraq is on the ballot in 31 communities across Wisconsin in today's spring election.

Residents used petitions to put the advisory referendums on the ballot for what normally is an election with a very light turnout. Voters are asked whether they favor an immediate withdrawal of U-S troops from Iraq.

The communities include the cities of Madison and La Crosse, as well as smaller cities, villages and towns.

Steve Burns is program coordinator of the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, which pushed for the votes. He says the wide range of communities involved should make the results more meaningful.

An opposition group called Vote No To Cut And Run held a rally last Saturday. Supporters drove their vehicles around the state Capitol and urged votes against a pullout of troops.