Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Federal Court Rules 2011 State Legislative District Maps are Unconstitutional




For Release: Tuesday - November 22, 2016

Statement of Common Cause in Wisconsin Director Jay Heck on
Federal Court Ruling That


Wisconsin's 2011 Gerrymandering
of State Legislative Districts is Unconstitutional


On Monday, a federal 3-judge court panel issued an unprecedented decision that is a huge victory for all of those voters of Wisconsin who want and deserve a real choice in their elections and a system of redrawing state legislative districts after each Census in a non-partisan, transparent and reputable process.

Never before in the nation's history has partisan gerrymandering been struck down as unconstitutional.


Yesterday, that standard changed for the betterment of democracy – not just in Wisconsin, but nationally.

For more on this significant and hopeful development go here and here.

Forward!




CONTACT:

Jay Heck
608/256-2686 (office)
608/512-9363 (cell)




Common Cause in Wisconsin
152 W. Johnson St., Suite 212
Madison, WI  53703
608/256-2686

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Today is Election Day: What You Need to Know



For Release: Tuesday - November 8, 2016


Voter ID / Getting to the Polls / Election Protection

Today is Election Day, so please make sure you're prepared to vote if you have not done so already.

Make sure you have a photo ID that is acceptable for voting.

Take a moment to look over the IDs pictured left to ensure you have a photo ID that can be used for voting.

(Click to enlarge image)

If you already have a Wisconsin driver license or one of the other acceptable forms of ID for voting, then you're "ID ready." Just remember to bring it with you when you head to your polling place!

If you don't have an acceptable ID for voting on Election Day you can STILL vote.

You can ask for AND vote with a provisional ballot. But, for your ballot to be counted, you MUST either come back to your polling place with an acceptable form of ID before it closes at 8:00 pm on Election Day OR bring your ID to your municipal clerk's office by 4:00 pm the Friday after the Election (November 11th).

If you or someone you know needs help getting a DMV-isssued Wisconsin ID before that November 11th deadline, contact our partners at VoteRiders at one of these two voter ID hotline numbers for assistance: (608) 729-7720 or (414) 882-8622.

If you are a college student using your student ID for voting, make sure that ID is compliant.

If you do not have one of the other forms of photo ID pictured above, and you are a college student hoping to use your student ID and a proof of enrollment document as your "voter ID," look up your school NOW on the appropriate list linked below to see if your current student ID is an acceptable form of ID for voting. If your student ID cannot be used for voting, you can find out if a separate school-issued "voter photo ID" is available and how to get one.

  University of Wisconsin – 4-Year Schools
  University of Wisconsin – 2-Year Schools
  Wisconsin Private Universities & Colleges
  Wisconsin Technical Colleges


Make sure you're registered to vote, and if you are not, bring what you need to register at the polls.

Before you head out to the polls, check to see that you are registered to vote at your current address. If you are not, be sure to bring a proof of residence document (hard copy or electronic on your cell phone or tablet) when you go to the polls so that you can register there.

Be sure you know the location of your polling place, and make a plan on how you'll get there.


If you're not sure where to vote, you can look up the location of your polling place here.

Do you need a ride to the polls?

CC/WI has both identified and recruited organizations and individual volunteers across the state willing to offer free rides to the polls. The latest list of free ride options is available on our website here.

Have voting questions or problems?

Common Cause in Wisconsin is once again partnering with the nonpartisan Election Protection coalition, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, to provide "guidance, information and help to any American, regardless of who that voter is casting a ballot for." You have the right to vote without harassment or intimidation at your polling place.



Election Protection’s highly-trained legal volunteers are available to assist voters with any questions or problems, no matter how simple or complex. Voters may call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) toll-free with any questions or issues that may arise. Spanish-speaking voters may seek assistance through the 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682) hotline.




CONTACT:

Jay Heck

608/256-2686 (office)
608/512-9363 (cell)


For Voting Information, contact:


Sandra Miller
Director of Information Services & Outreach
608/658-2109
smiller@commoncause.org

Common Cause in Wisconsin
152 W. Johnson St., Suite 212
Madison, WI 53703
608/256-2686

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Statewide List of Free Rides to the Polls on Election Day




For Release: Monday - November 7, 2016


In order for our democracy to work, for it to be a true democracy, we have to show up. But for those without transportation to the polls, "showing up" can be tough, if not impossible.

In an effort to raise awareness of free ride options for those without a way to get to their polling place, Common Cause in Wisconsin has developed a list of advocacy groups, transit authorities, transportation and other organizations throughout the state offering rides. To increase the number of ride options, we've also recruited individual volunteers to add to our statewide "Free Rides to the Polls" directory – a list that continues to grow with just one day left before tomorrow's election.

If you or someone you know needs a ride, check out the latest version of this our list of free ride options linked on our website.

And if you would like to join our team of volunteer drivers – or know of any groups in your area offering free rides to the polls, please contact us asap so that we can add you/them to our list!

Remember, if we want to preserve and protect our democracy, we not only have to show up – we need to do whatever we can to help other eligible voters do the same.

For links to more information about voting in Wisconsin – voter photo ID, college and university student voting, election protection hotline numbers, and more – please visit the Voting Resources page on our website.




Sandra Miller
Director of Information Services & Outreach
608/658-2109
smiller@commoncause.org


Common Cause in Wisconsin
152 W. Johnson St., Suite 212
Madison, WI 53703
608/256-2686

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Are you Registered and "ID Ready" to Vote?



For Release: Sunday - November 6, 2016

With the presidential election just two days away, are you ready to vote? How about your friends, neighbors... every eligible voter you know?

This Tuesday marks the first presidential election in Wisconsin in which a photo ID will be required to cast a ballot. So take a moment to look over the IDs pictured left to ensure you have a photo ID that can be used for voting.

(Click to enlarge image)

If you already have a Wisconsin driver license or one of the other acceptable forms of ID for voting, then you're "ID ready." Just remember to bring it with you when you head to your polling place!

If you or someone you know does NOT have an acceptable ID for voting and needs help getting one at your local DMV so you can vote in Tuesday's election, contact our partners at VoteRiders at one of these two voter ID hotline numbers for assistance: (608) 729-7720 or (414) 882-8622.

What if you don't have an acceptable ID for voting on Election Day?

You can ask for AND vote with a provisional ballot. But, for your ballot to be counted, you MUST either come back to your polling place with an acceptable form of ID before it closes at 8:00 pm on Election Day OR bring your ID to your municipal clerk's office by 4:00 pm the Friday after the Election (November 11th).

Are you a college student planning to use your student ID for voting?

If you do not have one of the other forms of photo ID pictured above, and you are a college student hoping to use your student ID and a proof of enrollment document as your "voter ID," look up your school NOW on the appropriate list linked below to see if your current student ID is an acceptable form of ID for voting. If your student ID cannot be used for voting, you can find out if a separate school-issued "voter photo ID" is available and how to get one.

  University of Wisconsin – 4-Year Schools
  University of Wisconsin – 2-Year Schools
  Wisconsin Private Universities & Colleges
  Wisconsin Technical Colleges


Are you registered to vote?

Before you head out to the polls, check to see that you are registered to vote at your current address. If you are not, be sure to bring a proof of residence document (hard copy or electronic on your cell phone or tablet) when you go to the polls on Tuesday so that you can register there.

Do you need a ride to the polls?

CC/WI has both identified and recruited organizations and individual volunteers across the state willing to offer free rides to the polls.The latest list of free ride options is available on our website here.

If you are interested in being a driver or know of any groups in your area offering this service on Election Day, please contact CC/WI by email so that we can add them to our list!

Make sure you're ready to make your voice heard!

Visit the Voting Resources page on for more on voting in Wisconsin.




Contact:


Sandra Miller
Director of Information Services & Outreach
608/658-2109
smiller@commoncause.org

Common Cause in Wisconsin
152 W. Johnson St., Suite 212
Madison, WI 53703
608/256-2686

Want Good Government?
Join Common Cause in Wisconsin!
www.CommonCauseWisconsin.org



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