Help the ACLU of Wisconsin educate citizens about voting rights
Take Action for Voting Rights: Help the ACLU of Wisconsin protect voting rights for the November elections. Here are three things you can do before the Presidential Elections on November 6:
1. Help the ACLU of Wisconsin distribute voting rights factsheets
Download our Know Your Voting Rights - Wisconsin FAQ and distribute copies in your community. Leave copies at your local library, post them at your neighborhood tavern or attach a copy to an email and send them to other civil rights groups you belong to. Take a photo of where you left the FAQs and tweet it to @ACLUofWisconsin!
2. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper in support of everyone's right to vote
Write a nonpartisan letter to your local paper before November 6 to remind your community that:
- Every citizen should be able to exercise their right to vote without barriers, misinformation or intimidation,
- After Governor Walker signed Act 23 into law, changes to our voting system have put barriers to some citizens' ability to vote. While photo ID requirements have been stopped by the courts for being unconstitutional, other in residency requirements and shifting boundaries of voting districts for partisan motivations act to disfranchise voters,
- Voters should know that Thursday, November 1 is the last day to request an absentee ballot for the primary election and Friday, November 2 is the last day to vote early in the clerk's office.
Encourage voters in your community to vote early. If writing as an ACLU member, please keep your message nonpartisan - endorsing candidates or particular parties can be the subject of a separate letter.
3. Tell people about 1-866-OUR-VOTE
The ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation is a proud member of the nonpartisan Wisconsin Election Protection coalition. We help the coalition with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law 866-OUR-VOTE hotline which will be live on November 6. The hotline is an excellent resource for questions voters have about their rights and recent changes in the law. Read about the Wisconsin Election Protection report on problems with the June 5 Recall Elections.
If you would like to be a poll watcher for the November elections, contact the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, another partner in the nonpartisan Wisconsin Election Protection coalition.