Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What You Need to Know About the Reinstated Wisconsin Voter Photo ID Law So You Can Vote!

For Release: Tuesday - September 23, 2014

What You Need to Know (in a Two-Page Flyer) About the Reinstated
Wisconsin Voter Photo ID Law

The unexpected and completely unprecedented order by the three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago to reinstate Wisconsin's extreme and restrictive photo voter ID law on September 12th for the November 4th election has caused widespread chaos and confusion for Wisconsin voters in the forty two days before Election Day.

The failure of the Walker Administration and the Republican majority in the Legislature to commit any additional resources to inform Wisconsin voters about the significant changes right before an election is unconscionable.

Proponents of this burdensome, unnecessary and obviously partisan measure should have at least had the decency to make the additional resources necessary for the Wisconsin Government Accountability and the State Department of Transportation through their Department of Motor Vehicles – the state government agencies charged with implementing the voter photo ID law – to reach out and inform every citizen of Wisconsin about what they need to do in order to be able to cast a ballot on or before November 4th. But no such urgent initiative has been forthcoming – an indication that those in control of state government are more interested in benefiting in a partisan manner than in ensuring that as many Wisconsinites who have been able to vote in the past, can do so this November.

CC/WI Director Jay Heck discussed this issue on statewide Wisconsin Public Radio on Monday.

It falls to organizations such as CC/WI to get the word out to as many citizens as we can in advance of November 4th so that as many Wisconsinites as possible will not be shocked at the polls when they learn that they cannot vote as they have before and are required to show one of a narrow array of identification in order to exercise their most basic and fundamental right as a Wisconsinite and as an American.

We have created a simple flyer that you can download and print out to tell you what you need to know about the now-in-place Wisconsin photo voter ID law so that your vote can be cast and counted on Election Day. We encourage you to forward this e-mail to everyone you know and/or print out the flyers for distribution.

Do not allow this unexpected and undemocratic law to prevent your vote from being counted on Election Day. Get the proper ID for yourself and everyone you know who lacks it, now.

Don't agonize about this law. Instead, organize and help others to get what they need to vote.

Revised: 9/23/2014 at 7:55 AM


Jay Heck
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608/512-9363 (cell)

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