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Wisconsin Examiner: ‘De facto disenfranchisement’: outside groups work to make sure jailed voters can cast a ballot
Peter Burress, Wisconsin campaign manager for All Voting is Local, says the first obstacle to be cleared is making sure people know their rights. “The fact that a vast majority of people in our jails are eligible to vote, they may be in jail pretrial or serving a sentence for a misdemeanor, folks need to know that their right to vote has not been taken away,” Burress says.
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.
Time Magazine: Most of the 750,000 People in U.S. Jails Are Eligible to Vote. These Advocates Are Fighting to Get Them Registered
Shauntay Nelson, the Wisconsin state director for All Voting is Local, says her group has been in talks with Wisconsin county jails to determine whether they would be able to get lawyers or election officials — what the group calls a “jail voting social worker” — to administer the voting process behind bars. The organization also offers a training program that enables volunteers to pursue voter registration at local jails.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Amid concern over racial disparity, some states expand voting rights for felons.
Shauntay Nelson of All Voting is Local said a separate concern is making sure that people who have not been convicted have the ability to exercise their rights. “Prior to a charge, prior to a trial date, Wisconsin state law allows individuals to be able to still participate in the voting process, and there is a lot of work that needs to be done to ensure that voters can register to vote while they are in jail, to ensure that they can obtain their ballot while they’re in jail.”
"I have more confidence today than I had on Monday — let's say that — that things will go more smoothly (in November)," said Shauntay Nelson, the Wisconsin state director for All Voting is Local. "I also have caution because of the fact that there will be so many different things that will be at play in November."
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.