Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Two Weeks Until Election Day: Exercise Your Voting Options

For Release: Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Early Voting (In-Person Absentee) Starts Today!

Make Sure You're Ready to Vote On or Before November 3rd

Two weeks from today is Election Day - November 3rd. But you don't need to wait until November 3rd to vote with early voting options by mail and in-person. Choose the option best for you and make sure you have a plan to vote. Then help every eligible voter to do the same.

Make sure you are registered to vote at your current address

Go to MyVote.wi.gov, and enter your name and date of birth to check your voter registration status. You need to have lived at your current address for at least 28 days prior to Election Day in order to register to vote in that election district or ward.
If you find out that you are not already registered to vote at your current residence, you can still register:
  • In your Municipal Clerk’s Office. You can register in-person in your municipal clerk’s office up until the close of business on the Friday before the election in which you are planning to vote. For the Fall election, the last day to register in your clerk's office is next Friday, October 30th. You'll need to bring a proof of residence document to complete your registration (this document can be shown electronically). You can find your clerk's office information here.
  • At the Polls on Election Day. If you're unable to register by before the election, you can still register at your polling place on Election Day. You will need to present a proof of residence document when registering (again, this document can be shown electronically). If your Wisconsin driver’s license or state ID card has your current address, that’s all you need.

Examples of proof of residence documents are here. 

Casting an absentee ballot / Early Voting

Municipalities can begin early voting today, October 20th, and must conclude by November 1st. To find out where and when you can cast an early, in-person absentee ballot in your city/town/village, contact your local municipal clerk’s officeIn-person early voting dates and times vary by municipality, and you can see your options at MyVote by clicking on "Vote Absentee" and filling in your information. Then click on the "Find my local absentee options" button to see your in-person early voting options.
If you requested a mailed absentee ballot, return it as soon as possible. Track your ballot through the official ballot tracker on MyVote. You can also find if your clerk has designated drop box options to return your ballot. Go to MyVote, click on "Vote Absentee" and fill in your information. Then click on the "Find my local absentee options" button to see if your municipality has drop box options for returning your ballot. Otherwise you can drop the ballot off at your clerk's office. If you still need to return your ballot by mail, don't wait and do it today. 
If you haven't requested your absentee ballot by mail, it's best to choose another option to cast your ballot (in-person early vote or vote on Election Day). Your ballot needs to be returned to the clerk by Election Day, November 3. Don't risk not having your ballot not counted because it isn't back in time by making a late request. 
All you wanted to know about absentee ballots (from how to fill them out to how they are counted) can be found here in these short videos created by the Wisconsin Election Commission. 


Thursday, October 8, 2020

How You Can Protect This Election

 For Release: Thursday – October 8, 2020

What You Can Do to Help Protect this Election

You can make a major difference for voters this year. Make sure EVERYONE in your community has a voice in this year’s critically important election on November 3rd - Sign up to be an Election Protection volunteer today!

Every eligible voter deserves to have their vote counted -- that’s the cornerstone of our democracy. And democracy suffers when eligible, registered voters are turned away from the polls, unable to find their polling place, or otherwise prevented from exercising their right to vote.

That’s why every election year -- and particularly this election on November 3rd -- we need to mobilize and activate nonpartisan Election Protection volunteers here in Wisconsin. These trained, nonpartisan volunteers serve as voters’ first line of defense against confusing voting rules, insufficient infrastructure, rampant misinformation, and needless obstacles to the ballot box.

You can be part of the solution. You’ll make a major, positive impact for your community, our state, and our democracy by signing up as an Election Protection volunteer.

There’s a role for everyone -- whether it’s helping voters from home, assisting voters safely in person, or tracking online disinformation. Sign up today!


Friday, October 2, 2020

How Wisconsin College and University Students Must Prepare to Vote On or Before November 3rd

For Release: October 2, 2020

Important Information You Need to Be Able to Vote

Now that classes are underway this semester and we are just about one month from the November 3 election, NOW is a good time for college and university students to make sure they are ready to vote in Wisconsin.

Common Cause Wisconsin has updated the information students need to be ready to cast their ballot this fall: 

Three Things College Students Need to Do To Vote in Wisconsin

Here, students will find straightforward information on how to register to vote and which photo IDs are eligible to cast a ballot in Wisconsin.

Students can look up their school on the lists Common Cause Wisconsin has compiled on campuses across the state to see if their current student ID is an acceptable form of ID for voting. If the student ID cannot be used for voting, find out if a separate school-issued photo ID card for voting is available and how to get one.

As of August 2020, the standard student ID at only five of the University of Wisconsin's thirteen four-year schools and at eleven of the state's 23 private colleges can be used as a photo ID to vote. 

So, if you don't have a WI driver license or one of the other acceptable IDs, know your options and look up your school today!

Note: you can use a school-issued ID for voting that is expired. If you do present an expired student ID, you must also present (or display electronically) at the polls a separate, current proof of enrollment document, such as an enrollment verification form, class schedule or tuition bill. If the ID is unexpired, then you do NOT need to present proof of current enrollment.

As we have in past years, we will continually update this resource as new information is received or changes. Share this link widely with anyone you know who is attending a college, university, community or technical school in Wisconsin!

Here are some additional voting resources for student voting in any state:

Prepare now, so your voter experience can go more smoothly when you cast your ballot. On Wisconsin!


Jay Heck
Executive Director
608/256-2686 (o)
608/512-9363 (c)

Erin Grunze
Voting and Elections Consultant

Common Cause in Wisconsin
152 W. Johnson St., Suite 212
Madison, WI  53703

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Where do Wisconsin state legislative candidates stand on non-partisan redistricting reform?

For Release: Thursday - September 24, 2020

Illustration by Phil Hands

During the 2019-2020 Legislative Session, non-partisan redistricting reform was the leading political reform initiative in the media and among citizens throughout Wisconsin. CC/WI helped unite pro-reform legislators and citizens behind a single measure -- Assembly Bill 303/Senate Bill 288 -- that is modeled after Iowa's highly successful, 40-year-old redistricting process that takes the partisan politics out of redistricting and delegates the boundary-drawing to a non-partisan state entity that does not utilize partisan political considerations in their task.

Nonpartisan redistricting reform has received the unprecedented endorsement of every Wisconsin daily newspaper editorial board and thousands of citizens expressed their support for ending gerrymandering by voting for county advisory referendums to end partisan gerrymandering, in letters to editors, communications to legislators and by attending one of numerous "reform forums" (both real and virtual) CC/WI and other organizations organized over 2019-2020 in every part of Wisconsin.

While the legislative leadership continues to oppose this reform and refused to hold even a public hearing during the past legislative session, redistricting reform will be very much an issue during the current election season.

As we have done for every election since 2014, CC/WI wants to make it simple and easy for Wisconsin voters to see which state legislative candidates support the non-partisan redistricting reform embodied in the "Iowa Plan" by providing an updated list of those candidates on our website.

Go here to see which state legislative candidates, on the ballot in the upcoming November 3rd election, we know are supportive of AB 303/SB288, the "Iowa Model" legislation either because they co-sponsored the legislation as incumbent members of the Wisconsin Legislature over the past two years, or, through "pledging" to support it through CC/WI or through one of our coalition organizations.

Any state legislative candidate (or their authorized proxy) who supports the "Iowa Plan" not on the list and who would like to see their name listed on our site should contact CC/WI by phone at (608) 256-2686 (leave a message if no answer), by email or by letter: CC/WI, P.O. Box 2597, Madison, WI 53701-2597.

Citizens can urge candidates to support non-partisan redistricting reform and request that they get their names on this listCandidates should be pro-active to have their names appear on this site. Get in touch with us!

We will update the list constantly and will have a tab in the sidebar of our homepage for anyone to check to see who is on it and therefore in support of the Iowa Plan.

Wisconsinites will also have an opportunity to weigh in publicly this Fall and next year in support on ending partisan gerrymandering by testifying at one of the eight (virtual) public hearings being scheduled by Governor Ever's "People's Map Commission."
Virtual hearings schedule:
  • Thursday, October 1, 2020, 8th Congressional District
  • Thursday, October 29, 2020, 5th Congressional District
  • Thursday, November 19, 2020, 3rd Congressional District
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 4th Congressional District
  • January hearing date TBD, 7th Congressional District
  • February hearing date TBD, 1st Congressional District
  • March hearing date TBD, 6th Congressional District
  • April hearing date TBD, 2nd Congressional District
For more information about how to testify or watch these hearings go here.

Jay Heck 
Executive Director

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

Common Cause in Wisconsin
152 W. Johnson St., Suite 212
Madison, WI  53703

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