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 Department of Transportation Must Fulfill Role in Our Democracy
MILWAUKEE - All Voting is Local Wisconsin State Director Shauntay Nelson issued the following statement on the need for the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation (DOT) to expand DMV services to provide critical support to voters who need access to a state-issued driver’s license or photo ID with which they can vote.
Primary Reveals Improvements in Wisconsin’s Election But Officials Have More Work to Do
MILWAUKEE - All Voting is Local Wisconsin State Director Shauntay Nelson issued the following statement on Wisconsin’s August 11 primary election, where lessons learned from April contributed to safer participation and record turnout for a primary election.
Toolkit Offers Guide to Increase Voting in Wisconsin Jails
MILWAUKEE – All Voting is Local Wisconsin and the ACLU of Wisconsin today released a Ballots for All Toolkit that supplements their recently released report “Ballots for All: Ensuring Eligible Wisconsin Voters in Jail Have Equal Access to the Ballot”. The toolkit offers voting advocates strategies for urging county officials to adopt policies so every eligible voter in jail can vote.