Wisconsin has one of the nation’s most stringent – and complex – voter ID laws. Lawmakers passed the voter ID law in 2011, but, since then, haven’t taken meaningful steps to educate voters on how to comply with the often confusing requirements of the law. Wisconsin’s strict photo ID requirement to cast a ballot keeps voters of color and low-income people from having their voices heard. All Voting is Local has fought to fill that void with voter education programs, while also pushing state and local election officials to fulfill their responsibilities.
Other barriers to the ballot not only silence individuals but whole communities. In Wisconsin, people with a felony conviction can’t get their right to vote restored until after they’ve completed parole, probation or extended supervision. The alarming result: Nearly one in nine African Americans are barred from voting statewide.
All Voting is Local Wisconsin fights to empower voters about their fundamental right to vote while advocating to remove these harsh barriers in these ways:
- Working with partners statewide to monitor elections so that voter ID does not disenfranchise voters and polling places are staffed with enough poll workers that voters can cast ballots without problems.
- Making sure people in jail can get registered and cast a ballot, as required by law.
- Advocating for early vote sites in historically disenfranchised neighborhoods that have lacked the opportunity to cast a ballot early.
News from Wisconsin
WKSU: Voting Rights Group Says This Primary’s Vote Total So Far Is Just Half Of 2016’s
Mike Brickner with All Voting is Local has compared numbers for this primary with those from four years ago – when there was in person voting and a Republican primary that featured Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
“In 2016, we had a little over three million people who voted in the primary election. For the 2020 election thus far, we are looking at about only 1.5 million people who have either cast an early ballot or requested an absentee ballot since we extended the time," Brickner says.
Certification of Election Results is a Win for Wisconsin Voters
MILWAUKEE - All Voting is Local Wisconsin State Director, Shauntay Nelson, issued the following statement in response to Governor Evers’ certification of the November 3 presidential election results today:
“Despite the obstacles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Wisconsin voters came out in record numbers to make their voices heard. Yesterday’s certification of the election results, weeks after its conclusion, is affirmation that voters' voices were indeed heard.
The Voice of Wisconsinites Will Not be Denied
MILWAUKEE - All Voting is Local Wisconsin State Director, Shauntay Nelson, issued the following statement about the Wisconsin Election Commission’s announcement that the Trump campaign has asked for a recount in Milwaukee and Dane counties:
- Wisconsin’s restrictive photo ID law harms Black voters most.
1 in 4 Black voters were deterred by the state’s voter ID law in 2016.
- Former Governor Walker signed Act 23 into law, establishing one of the most stringent and complex photo ID laws in the nation. The law compromises the integrity of our elections by creating needless and discriminatory barriers to the ballot for thousands of Wisconsinites, particularly for Wisconsinites of color, students, people with disabilities, and older voters.
- One of the primary barriers it creates is that it makes the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) the primary space through which a voter can procure an ID for voting. The DMV provides limited services in often inaccessible locations.
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic things got even dyer, due to the closure of many of the existing DMV locations.