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
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:
ABC News: Coronavirus surging in every key swing state as voters head to polls
Shauntay Nelson, the state director of All Voting is Local, a progressive group working to get out the vote in Wisconsin, told ABC News that the coronavirus has motivated voters in the state even more.
"I've driven around to some of the early voting sites, and I've seen an energy and an excitement especially among Black and brown people," Nelson said.
- 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 dire, due to the closure of many of the existing DMV locations.