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
Wisconsin Must Stop Voter Purge and Keep Voters on the Rolls
MILWAUKEE--Shauntay Nelson, Wisconsin State Director of All Voting is Local, issued the following statement in response to the Ozaukee County Circuit Court ruling to immediately remove more than 200,000 Wisconsin voters from registration lists:
Wisconsin Must Stop Voter Purge, Urge Voters to Verify Their Registration
MILWAUKEE--Shauntay Nelson, Wisconsin State Director of All Voting is Local, issued the following statement in response to the Ozaukee County Circuit Court ruling to immediately remove 234,000 Wisconsin voters from registration lists:
All Voting is Local Welcomes Shauntay Nelson, Wisconsin State Director
WASHINGTON--All Voting is Local welcomed Shauntay Nelson as Wisconsin State Director. A longtime Wisconsinite, Nelson brings a deep background in local electoral issues.