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
Civil Rights Organizations Release Troubling Findings of Wisconsin Voter Turnout in April 2020 Primary
WASHINGTON, DC –Leading civil rights organizations today released a new analysis that reveals stark racial disparities and troubling patterns in voter turnout during Wisconsin’s April 7, 2020 primary, held during the COVID-19 pandemic. The data clearly shows that wards with higher Black and Hispanic populations had significantly lower voter turnout compared to wards with a high percentage of white residents. The organizations also outlined steps Wisconsin can take to ensure elections remain free, fair, and safe for all.
MEDIA ADVISORY: New Findings Reveal Troubling Racial Disparities in Voter Turnout in Wisconsin’s April 2020 Primary
WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 11AM EST / 10AM CST, leaders from All Voting Is Local, Demos and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights will hold a press call to discuss stark racial disparities in voter turnout in Milwaukee during the April 2020 primary. In a collaborative new analysis of 2020 Wisconsin election data, the groups clearly show that wards with higher Black and Hispanic populations had significantly lower voter turnout compared to wards with a high percentage of white residents. Speakers will also outline steps Wisconsin can take to ensure elections remain free, fair, and safe for all.
Turn Up Tuesdays Returns to Wisconsin with Actor Michael Ealy to Renew the Fight for the Right to Vote
MADISON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and All Voting is Local, with its joint And Still I Vote campaign, will hold multiple events this week to mobilize voters and urge officials in Wisconsin to ensure fair, safe, and accessible elections in 2020. These activities are part of Turn Up Tuesdays, a weekly, national call to action that launched last month in the wake of Wisconsin’s April 7 election debacle.