Reports, State News / 06.23.21

Ballots for All: Ensuring Eligible Wisconsinites in Jail Have Equal Access to Voting

In Wisconsin, most of the estimated 13,000 people in Wisconsin county jails are eligible to vote, but are often kept from casting their ballots because of administrative hoops and hurdles.

Wisconsin county sheriffs and jail administrators have the power to build policies and procedures to increase access for voters. Our democracy works best when everyone participates.

The report provides substantial recommendations outlining steps jails can take to more sufficiently address the many barriers to the ballot for eligible Wisconsinites in county jails; outlines what legislation Wisconsin’s Legislature can pass to extend voting infrastructure to serve voters in jail, and finally; provide guidance on what Wisconsin Elections Commission can provide to jail administrators and elections officials on how they can support jail-based voting.