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Election Protection to Provide Crucial Assistance in Primary Election to Educate, Empower and Protect Wisconsin Voters

April 5, 2016

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Stacie B. Burgess

Director of Communications and External Affairs

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law                                                                                    

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SBurgess@lawyerscommittee.org

               

Election Protection to Provide Crucial Assistance in Primary Election to Educate, Empower and Protect Wisconsin Voters

Toll-Free Hotline (866-OUR-VOTE) Available Now; Live Assistance on Primary Election Day

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 4, 2016 – As Wisconsin voters head to the polls tomorrow, Election Protection, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, will be there to help. Voters should call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) toll-free with any voting related questions or issues and they will be assisted by trained legal volunteers. This English language hotline will be staffed live from 7 a.m. – 8p.m. CST on primary Election Day. Spanish-speaking voters may seek assistance through the 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) hotline.

“The right to vote is the most important right in our democracy,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.  “We will be monitoring the Wisconsin primary election closely to determine the impact of recent voting changes, including a new photo ID requirement for voters.  Election Protection stands ready to help ensure that no voter across Wisconsin encounters barriers in seeking to exercise the right to vote.”

Important Information for Wisconsin Voters:

ID Requirements:

Wisconsin requires government-issued photo identification to vote.  Such requirements are often burdensome to minority and low-income communities as well as students, elderly and disabled persons.  To vote a regular ballot in Wisconsin voters must bring one of the following forms of identification to vote a regular ballot:

  • WI driver’s license
  • Valid Student ID card
  • Valid State ID
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • Valid U.S. military ID with photo               
  • Tribal ID Card
  • Certificate of Naturalization

If a voter does not have the proper identification, he or she will be required to vote a provisional ballot. If the voter casts a provision ballot, the voter can return to the polling place with the required photo ID by 8:00 p.m. or present their photo ID to the municipal clerk in person by 4:00 p.m. the Friday after the Election. If you provide photo ID by the deadline, the ballot will count. If you do not provide photo ID by the deadline, your ballot will not count.

Election Day Registration and Proof of Residency:

A Wisconsin voter can register to vote at his or her polling place on Election Day. The voter will need to provide either the number and expiration date of his or her current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license or DOT-issued WI ID card OR the last four digits of your social security number when registering to vote at his or her polling place. If the voter’s WI driver license/WI ID card is no longer valid, the voter needs to provide BOTH a WI driver license or WI ID number AND the last four digits of your social security number. When registering to vote, you must ALSO provide a proof of residence document (this document can be shown electronically).

Examples of proof of residence documents can be found here

Other Reminders for Voters:

  • Verify your registration status at https://myvote.wi.gov/ to ensure that you can vote.
  • Polls will be open from 7am to 8pm.
  • Wisconsin voters can vote for any Presidential candidate regardless of party affiliation.

About Election Protection
Election Protection is the nation's largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Through its suite of hotlines, including the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline (866-687-8683) administered by the Lawyers’ Committee, 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) administered by NALEO Educational Fund, 888-API-VOTE (888-273-8683) administered by APIAVote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC and a dedicated team of trained legal and grassroots volunteers, Election Protection helps all American voters, including traditionally disenfranchised groups, gain access to the polls and overcome obstacles to voting. The coalition has more than 100 partners—including Advancement Project, Asian American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, League of Women Voters of the United States, NAACP, National Bar Association, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, State Voices, Rock the Vote and Verified Voting Foundation—at the national, state and local levels and provides voter protection services nationwide. For more information about Election Protection and the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline, please visit www.866ourvote.org.

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