We’re leveraging relationships with coalition partners, government agencies, the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles, and state and local elections officials to expand access to the ballot in 2022 and beyond.
News from Wisconsin
Report: Eligible Wisconsin Voters in Jail Still Face Unnecessary Hurdles to the Ballot
MILWAUKEE — All Voting is Local, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, and the ACLU of Wisconsin today released Ballots for All: Ensuring Eligible Wisconsinites in Jail Have Equal Access to Voting — an update to the July 2020 report, Ballots for All: Ensuring Eligible Wisconsin Voters in Jail Have Equal Access to Voting. The new report found that many jail administrators have taken small, but important, steps to increase ballot access for individuals in their care. However, troubling voting barriers persist for the approximately 13,000 people incarcerated in Wisconsin’s jails at any given time.
Ballots for All: Ensuring Eligible Wisconsinites in Jail Have Equal Access to Voting
In Wisconsin, most of the estimated 13,000 people in Wisconsin county jails are eligible to vote, but are often kept from casting their ballots because of administrative hoops and hurdles.
Report: Wisconsin DMV Restrictions Disenfranchise Voters Already Struggling to Make Their Voices Heard
MILWAUKEE — Since implementation of Wisconsin’s 2011 voter ID law, limited access to Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) services has created needless and discriminatory barriers to the ballot for tens of thousands of Wisconsinites who now need an acceptable form of photo ID for voting. According to a report released today by All Voting is Local, in partnership with the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition and the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, these barriers have disproportionately impacted Wisconsinites of color, students, people with disabilities, and older adults.
Our report, “Getting There is Half the Battle: Wisconsin’s Photo ID Law, Access to DMV Services, and the Fight for Our Freedom to Vote,” breaks down how limited access to the Department of Motor Vehicles is a barrier to Wisconsinites obtaining the photo ID needed to cast a ballot. Together with Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition and the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, we offer recommendations on how to expand access to the ballot, even amid Wisconsin’s restrictive voter ID law.
- 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.