Thursday, November 8, 2018

Election Results Underscore Urgent Need to End Partisan Gerrymandering in Wisconsin



For Release: Thursday - November 8, 2018


Evers Election Means Partisan Rigged Maps of 2011 Cannot Be Repeated in 2021

Tuesday's state legislative and congressional election results demonstrate – clearly and convincingly – that the will of the citizens of Wisconsin at the ballot box will only be fully realized when the hyper-partisan gerrymandering of the state's legislative and congressional districts, in place since 2011, is ended.

Only one incumbent elected official of either political party lost their re-election effort on Tuesday. And in that case, Democratic State Senator Caleb Frostman (D-Sturgeon Bay), had held office for only four months – having won a special election in June to fill a seat in a state senate district drawn to favor Republicans.

This means that almost all of Wisconsin's state legislative and congressional elections were not competitive and that the outcome in virtually all of these elections was pre-ordained because of partisan gerrymandering.

"While Democrats swept statewide offices for U.S. Senator, Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer and Secretary of State, Republicans were able to thwart the will of the majority of voters in holding, virtually without change, almost the exact same number of state legislative and congressional districts that they held prior to the election. The sole explanation for this undemocratic disparity is the rigged, hyper-partisan voting maps rammed through the Wisconsin Legislature and enacted in 2011," said Jay Heck, Director of Common Cause in Wisconsin (CC/WI).

On the bright side, CC/WI State Governing Board Chair Tim Cullen noted, "the election of Tony Evers as Governor means that the one-sided, partisan redistricting process that happened in 2011 can't be repeated in 2021 because Wisconsin will have split control of state government and of that process."

Cullen also said that this split will necessitate a compromise between the two major political parties on voting maps, and failing that, would have to be done by federal judges.

Cullen and Heck said that it behooves both Republicans and Democrats to adopt a non-partisan redistricting process prior to 2021 to avoid costly (to state taxpayers) legal expenses and increased partisan acrimony in the two years ahead. The non-partisan redistricting system in place in Iowa since 1980, when a Republican Governor and Republican-controlled Legislature enacted it into law, is the best process for Wisconsin.

CC/WI and other reform organizations and pro-reform legislators are all united in support of the Iowa model.




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 6, 2018

Today is Election Day: VOTE!



For Release: Tuesday - November 6, 2018



Do not miss this opportunity to make your voice heard at the ballot box in this critical midterm election!

First, make sure you are registered to vote at your current address.

If you discover that you are not already registered to vote at your current residence, don't panic.

You can still register at your polling place today. You will need to present a proof of residence document when registering (this document can be shown electronically). If your drivers license or state ID card has your current address, that’s all you need.

Examples of proof of residence documents are here.

And don't forget a photo ID.

When you vote, you will need to present one of the acceptable forms of photo ID for voting pictured left. (Click image to enlarge)

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

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 OR bring your ID to your municipal clerk's office by 4:00 pm this Friday (November 9th).

For more information about voter photo ID – and how to get a free ID if you don't have an ID acceptable for voting – see our downloadable voter ID fact sheet and/or visit the Wisconsin Election Commission's voter photo ID website: Bring It to the Ballot.

If you do not have an acceptable ID for voting and need help getting one, contact one of these Voter ID Hotline #s: (608) 285-2141 or (414) 882-8622.

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

Need a ride to the polls?


Check out our statewide list of organizations, transit and cab companies, and over 200 individual Common Cause in Wisconsin volunteer drivers!

Milwaukee voters needing a ride can also call our "Rides to the Polls in Milwaukee" Hotline number – 414-323-1511 – to arrange a ride with one of our volunteers.

Where is your polling place?


To find out where to go to cast your ballot, visit the "Find My Polling Place" page on the Wisconsin Election Commission's "My Vote Wisconsin" website and type in your address.

What's on your ballot?


Visit the Wisconsin Election Commission's "What's on My Ballot" page and type in your address to see a sample ballot.

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 at the hotline numbers above to assist voters with any questions or problems, no matter how simple or complex.

Remember: in order to preserve and protect our democracy, we have to participate in it.


That means voting in this and every other election – and doing everything we can to make sure every eligible voter we know does the same.




Contact:


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

Jay Heck
Executive Director
608/256-2686 (office)
608/512/9363 (cell)
jheck@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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Monday, November 5, 2018

Tuesday, November 6th is Election Day: VOTE!



For Release: Monday - November 5, 2018

Remember and share with others this toll-free number to call
if there is any problem whatsoever voting on election day at your polling place.

Do not miss this opportunity to make your voice heard at the ballot box. If you haven't done it already, take time right NOW to make a plan to vote tomorrow – and then help every eligible voter you can do the same.

First, make sure you are registered to vote at your current address.

If you discover that you are not already registered to vote at your current residence, don't panic.

You can still register at your polling place on Election Day. You will need to present a proof of residence document when registering (this document can be shown electronically). If your drivers license or state ID card has your current address, that’s all you need.

Examples of proof of residence documents are here.

And don't forget a photo ID.

When you vote, you will need to present one of the acceptable forms of photo ID for voting pictured left. (Click image to enlarge)

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

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 OR bring your ID to your municipal clerk's office by 4:00 pm this Friday (November 9th).

For more information about voter photo ID – and how to get a free ID if you don't have an ID acceptable for voting – see our downloadable voter ID fact sheet and/or visit the Wisconsin Election Commission's voter photo ID website: Bring It to the Ballot.

If you do not have an acceptable ID for voting and need help getting one, contact one of these Voter ID Hotline #s:(608) 285-2141 or (414) 882-8622.

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

Need a ride to the polls?


Our statewide list of organizations, transit and cab companies, and individual Common Cause in Wisconsin volunteer drivers is available here.

Milwaukee voters needing a ride can also call our "Rides to the Polls in Milwaukee" Hotline number – 414-323-1511 – to arrange a ride with one of our volunteers.

Where is your polling place?


To find out where to go to cast your ballot, visit the "Find My Polling Place" page on the Wisconsin Election Commission's "My Vote Wisconsin" website and type in your address.

What's on your ballot?


Visit the Wisconsin Election Commission's "What's on My Ballot" page and type in your address to see a sample ballot.

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 at the hotline numbers above to assist voters with any questions or problems, no matter how simple or complex.

Remember: in order to preserve and protect our democracy, we have to participate in it.


That means voting in this and every other election – and doing everything we can to make sure every eligible voter we know does the same.




Contact:


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

Jay Heck
Executive Director
608/256-2686 (office)
608/512/9363 (cell)
jheck@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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Friday, November 2, 2018

Common Cause in Wisconsin's Updated Statewide List of Free Rides to Vote in the 2018 Fall Election



Friday - November 2, 2018


Go here to access our updated 2018 statewide list of free roundtrip rides to vote!


CC/WI Launches Election Day "Rides to the Polls Hotline"
for Milwaukee voters: 414-323-1511


If we want our democracy to work, we have to show up. But for those without transportation to the polls, "showing up" can be tough, if not impossible.

25 organizations and 177 CC/WI volunteers (and counting) are determined to help.

This fall we are reached out to and identified transit, cab, and private companies, advocacy organizations, faith-based groups... anyone offering free roundtrip rides to the polls during early voting, on Election Day, or both – creating a "master list" of free ride options across Wisconsin.

To shore up some of the gaps in coverage, we also recruited our own volunteer drivers, providing them with additional training and resources on voter ID and voter registration to ensure their riders are prepared to vote when they get to their polling place.

And this week, we set up our Milwaukee rides hotline to provide additional assistance in an area where we anticipate a higher volume of ride requests.

We also need to raise awareness that help is available for those without transportation.


Creating this important resource doesn't mean "if we build it they will come."

One of the biggest challenges groups offering rides face – and one of the main reasons we began this initiative in the first place – is that many of those in need of a ride, don't realize that help is available in their area. While groups offering rides devote a lot of time and resources into creating and running their programs, advertising and outreach are a challenge.

So we need to get the word out.

We've been promoting our "master list" of ride options to the media, organizations working with individuals likely to need a ride, and to many other advocacy groups.

And some of our volunteers are not just offering rides, but are doing yeoman's work raising awareness within their own communities.

For example: a CC/WI volunteer in Jefferson County has formed a team of drivers, reached out to local groups, and has created and distributed flyers in his area. A Milwaukee volunteer has been reaching out (in person, by phone, and on social media) to local groups working with vulnerable populations.

With only four days left until Election Day, we need to continue and expand these efforts.

Want to do more?


Share this information widely – on social media, via email, and by reaching out to groups and facilities in your area serving individuals likely to need a ride.

You can also join our team of volunteer drivers. We are still accepting volunteers and will continue updating our rides list until Election Day. So let us know if you'd like to be a Common Cause in Wisconsin driver in your area.

We're all in this together.

Let's do what we can to make sure the voices of all eligible Wisconsin voters are heard at the ballot box this election.



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

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


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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Fall Election is Only Six Days Away!



For Release: Wednesday - October 31, 2018


Make Sure You're Ready to Vote on or Before November 6th

Midterm Election Day - November 6th is just six days away. If you haven't done it already, take some time NOW to make a plan to vote and to help every eligible voter you can do the same.

First, make sure you are registered to vote at your current address.

Visit the "My Voter Info" page at MyVoteWI.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 10 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 5pm (or 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 this Friday, November 2nd. You'll need to bring a proof of residence document to complete your registration (this document can be shown electronically).

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 driver’s license or state ID card has your current address, that’s all you need.

Examples of proof of residence documents are here.

Next, if you think there is any chance that you won't make it to the polls on November 6th, then vote early.

Early voting is still available in Madison and Milwaukee until November 4th; for other areas, please check with your local local municipal clerk, as some cities/towns/villages end early voting on November 2nd or 3rd.

To preview your Election ballot, visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission's "What's on My Ballot" page and type in your address.

Here is more on what you need to know about casting an early, absentee ballot – in-person or by mail. Read it – and share this link widely.

And don't forget a photo ID.

If you already have a Wisconsin driver license or one of the other acceptable forms of ID for voting pictured left, 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 photo ID, review the information on our downloadable voter ID fact sheet and/or visit the Wisconsin Election Commission's voter photo ID website: Bring It to the Ballot.

You can also contact one of these nonpartisan voter ID hotline numbers for assistance: (608) 285-2141 or (414) 882-8622.

Are you (or do you know) a college student voting in Wisconsin?


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

Need a ride to the polls?


We've said many times that if we want our democracy to work, we have to show up. But for those without transportation to the polls, "showing up" can be tough, if not impossible.

In response to this need, CC/WI is once again identifying and recruiting organizations and individuals statewide who are willing to offer free rides to the polls during early voting, on Election Day, or both.

More information about the program and the link to our latest statewide list of these groups and individuals offering rides is here. Please share this widely! And check back regularly as we will be updating our list as more volunteers and organizations are added.

If you are interested in joining our team of volunteer drivers, please fill out this online form.

And if you know of any organizations in your area offering free rides, contact CC/WI by email as soon as possible so we can add them to our list!

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.

Remember: in order to preserve and protect our democracy, we have to participate in it.


That means voting in this and every other election – and doing everything we can to make sure every eligible voter we know does the same.




Contact:


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

Jay Heck
Executive Director
608/256-2686 (office)
608/512/9363 (cell)
jheck@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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Monday, October 29, 2018

80 State Legislative and Two Statewide Candidates Support Ending Partisan Gerrymandering



For Release: Monday - October 29, 2018

CC/WI Director Jay Heck Speaking at Capitol Fair Maps Rally in June 2018

Two Republicans Join 80 Democrats in Support of "Iowa Model"
for Wisconsin Redistricting


Since CC/WI announced on August 30th that we would be posting the names of all "pro-active" November 2018 election state legislative and statewide candidates who support non-partisan redistricting reform, and specifically, the "Iowa Plan," we have heard from, or know of, 80 state legislative and two statewide candidates who do so.

A total of 80 Democratic candidates and two Republican candidates support this critical and needed reform measure. We have not heard from any third party candidates to date.

Here is the updated list of supporters, as of this morning, October 16th.

There may be a few candidates for state office who support redistricting reform but have not yet informed us. This will their last opportunity to do so. If we receive word from additional candidates that support the "Iowa Model," we will do one final posting of opponents of partisan gerrymandering before November 6th.

Any statewide or state legislative candidate (or their authorized proxy) who supports the "Iowa Plan" and 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 list. Candidates must be pro-active to have their names appear on this site. That shows us and the voters of Wisconsin that you are "paying attention" to this issue. So no complaints that CC/WI "should have known" of your support for this reform, please!

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

There is more that you can do to advance non-partisan redistricting reform in Wisconsin in the next eight days before the November 6th election.

First, you can download and print the postcard sized information sheet with questions to ask state legislative and statewide candidates at candidate forums and to distribute to your friends and family to do the same.

Challenging candidates in person or through the media to support redistricting reform is very powerful and effective.

Second, if you haven't done so yet, please "sign" the online petition in support of the "Iowa Plan" for Wisconsin and urge friends and family to do so as well. We already have just over 4,000 "signatures" and would love to have well over 5,000 to present to the new Wisconsin Legislature, after the election, in early 2019.

Let's make ending partisan gerrymandering a central focus during this election season and finally achieve the redistricting process Wisconsin voters of all political persuasions want and deserve.

On Wisconsin!




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

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



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Friday, October 26, 2018

What College & University Students Need to Know to Vote in the November 6th Midterm Election



For Release: Friday - October 26, 2018


Only ten days remain before Election Day - November 6th. It's officially "crunch time."

We urge students not to wait until the last minute to make sure they're prepared to vote. Take steps now to ensure your voice is heard at the ballot box!

Start by making sure you are REGISTERED TO VOTE at your current address.

It's easy.

Go to My Vote Wisconsin, and enter your name and date of birth.

If you're not already registered to vote at your current residence, you can still register in your municipal clerk's office or at an early voting site up until 5pm (or close of business) on Friday, November 2nd – or you can register at your polling place on Election Day.

If you need to register to vote, you've got to bring along a proof of current residence document (this can be shown electronically from your cell phone). Acceptable proof of residence includes things like a paycheck or pay stub, a utility bill, a credit card statement... More examples of proof of residence documents are here.

If there is any chance that you won't make it to the polls on November 6th, VOTE EARLY.

Early voting is going on right now in Madison and Milwaukee. To find out where and when you can cast an early, in-person absentee ballot in other areas of Wisconsin, contact local municipal clerk’s office.


And don't forget to bring an ACCEPTABLE PHOTO ID for voting.

Most students already have a Wisconsin driver license or one of the other acceptable forms of photo ID for voting.

Using a College ID as Voter ID

If you do not have one of the other photo IDs listed left (click to enlarge), 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

The standard student ID at only four of the University of Wisconsin's 13 four-year schools and at eight of the state's 23 private colleges can be used as a voter photo ID.

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: if you use a school-issued ID for voting, you must also present (or display electronically) at the polls a separate proof of enrollment document, such as an enrollment verification form, class schedule or tuition bill.

For more information on Wisconsin's voter photo ID requirement, visit: Bring It to the Ballot.

Don't put this off – please take these important steps now – and then share this information anywhere and any way you think helpful.

Bottom line: if we want to preserve and protect our democracy, we have to participate in it.




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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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Fall Election is Just Two Weeks Away!



For Release: Tuesday - October 23, 2018


Make Sure You're Ready to Vote on or Before November 6th

Two weeks from today is Election Day - November 6th. Now is the time to make a plan to vote and to help every eligible voter to do the same.

First, make sure you are registered to vote at your current address.

Visit the "My Voter Info" page at MyVoteWI.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 10 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 5pm (or 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, November 2nd. You'll need to bring a proof of residence document to complete your registration (this document can be shown electronically).

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 driver’s license or state ID card has your current address, that’s all you need.

Examples of proof of residence documents are here.

Next, if you think there is any chance that you won't make it to the polls on November 6th, then vote early.

Early voting is available now in Madison and Milwaukee. 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 office.

To preview your Election ballot, visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission's "What's on My Ballot" page and type in your address.

Here is more on what you need to know about casting an early, absentee ballot – in-person or by mail. Read it – and share this link widely.

And don't forget a photo ID.

If you already have a Wisconsin driver license or one of the other acceptable forms of ID for voting pictured left, 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 photo ID, review the information on our downloadable voter ID fact sheet and/or visit the Wisconsin Election Commission's voter photo ID website: Bring It to the Ballot.

You can also contact one of these nonpartisan voter ID hotline numbers for assistance: (608) 285-2141 or (414) 882-8622.

Are you (or do you know) a college student voting in Wisconsin?


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

Want to do more? How about volunteering?


We've said many times that if we want our democracy to work, we have to show up. But for those without transportation to the polls, "showing up" can be tough, if not impossible.

In response to this need, CC/WI is once again identifying and recruiting organizations and individuals statewide who are willing to offer free rides to the polls during early voting, on Election Day, or both.

More information about the program and the link to our latest statewide list of these groups and individuals offering rides is here. Please share this widely! And check back regularly as we will be updating our list as more volunteers and organizations are added.

If you are interested in joining our team of volunteer drivers, please fill out this online form. And if you know of any organizations in your area offering free rides, contact CC/WI by email as soon as possible so we can add them to our list!

Remember: in order to preserve and protect our democracy, we have to participate in it.

That means voting in this and every other election – and doing everything we can to make sure every eligible voter we know does the same.




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


Read More...


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

79 State Legislative & Two Statewide Candidates on 2018 Ballot Back Ending Partisan Gerrymandering



For Release: Tuesday - October 16, 2018


This Issue Looms Large as Election Day Nears

CC/WI announced on August 30th that we would be posting the names of all "pro-active" November 2018 election state legislative and statewide candidates who support non-partisan redistricting reform, and specifically, the "Iowa Plan." We have heard from, or know of, 79 state legislative and two statewide candidates who do so.

A total of 79 Democratic candidates and two Republican candidates support this critical and needed reform measure. We have not heard from any third party candidates to date.

Here is the updated list of supporters, as of this morning, October 16th.

There may be candidates for state office who support redistricting reform but are not yet on our radar screen. Any statewide or state legislative candidate (or their authorized proxy) who supports the "Iowa Plan" and 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 list. Candidates must be pro-active to have their names appear on this site. That shows us and the voters of Wisconsin that you are "paying attention" to this issue. So no complaints that CC/WI "should have known" of your support for this reform, please!

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

There is more that you can do to advance non-partisan redistricting reform in Wisconsin in the next three weeks before the November 6th election.

First, you can download and print the postcard sized information sheet with questions to ask state legislative and statewide candidates at candidate forums and to distribute to your friends and family to do the same.

Challenging candidates in person or through the media to support redistricting reform is very powerful and effective.

Second, if you haven't done so yet, please "sign" the online petition in support of the "Iowa Plan" for Wisconsin and urge friends and family to do so as well. We already have just over 4,000 "signatures" and would love to have well over 5,000 to present to the new Wisconsin Legislature, after the election, in early 2019.

Let's make ending partisan gerrymandering a central focus during this election season and finally achieve the redistricting process Wisconsin voters of all political persuasions want and deserve.

On Wisconsin!




CONTACT:

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




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Thursday, October 11, 2018

What You Need to Know Now About the November 6th Midterm Election



For Release: Thursday - October 11, 2018


The Fall Midterm Election is less than four weeks away.


Let that sink in – and then, take action.

First, make sure you are registered to vote at your current address.

Visit the "My Voter Info" page at MyVoteWI.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 10 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, there are a number of ways to register:

Online.
Eligible voters in Wisconsin who have a valid Wisconsin driver license or a Wisconsin DMV-issued ID can register online at MyVote.WI.gov up to 20 days before the election in which they are planning to vote; for the Fall election, the last day to register online is next Wednesday, October 17th.

By Mail.
You can start your voter registration form online at MyVote.WI.gov – then print, sign and mail it to your municipal clerk along with a proof of residence (POR) document. Your form and POR must be postmarked to your municipal clerk no later than 20 days before the election in which you are planning to vote; for the Fall election, that date is Wednesday, October 17th.

In your Municipal Clerk’s Office.
You can register in-person in your municipal clerk’s office up until the 5pm (or 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, November 2nd. You'll need to bring a proof of residence document to complete your registration (this document can be shown electronically).

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 driver’s license or state ID card has your current address, that’s all you need.

Examples of proof of residence documents are here.

Next, if you think there is any chance that you won't make it to the polls on November 6th, then vote early.

Early voting is available now in Madison and Milwaukee. 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 office.

To preview your Election ballot, visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission's "What's on My Ballot" page and type in your address.

Here is more on what you need to know about casting an early, absentee ballot – in-person or by mail. Read it – and share this link widely.


And don't forget a photo ID.


You will need to present one of the acceptable IDs pictured left when voting in Wisconsin, so take a moment and check to see if you have the photo ID you need to cast a ballot early or on Election Day.

If you don't have an acceptable photo ID, review the information on our downloadable voter ID fact sheet and/or visit the Wisconsin Election Commission's voter photo ID website: Bring It to the Ballot.

You can also contact one of these nonpartisan voter ID hotline numbers for assistance: (608) 285-2141 or (414) 882-8622.

Are you (or do you know) a college student voting in Wisconsin?


Here are "Three Things College Students Need to Do To Vote in Wisconsin"


Want to do more? How about volunteering?


We've said many times that if we want our democracy to work, we have to show up. But for those without transportation to the polls, "showing up" can be tough, if not impossible.

In response to this need, CC/WI is once again identifying and recruiting organizations and individuals statewide who are willing to offer free rides to the polls during early voting, on Election Day, or both.

More information about the program and the link to our latest statewide list of these groups and individuals offering rides is here. Please share this widely! And check back regularly as we will be updating our list as more volunteers and organizations are added.

If you're interested in joining our team of volunteer drivers or know of any folks in your area offering this service, please contact CC/WI by email as soon as possible!

Another way you can help is by volunteering as an Election Observer.

With the prospect of potential confusion at the polls, volunteering to be a poll monitor is a critical way you can make a huge difference this election.

Our longtime partners, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, are providing online training, resources, and poll assignments to citizen volunteers statewide. Just sign up using the League's online Election Observer Volunteer Form.

Remember: in order to preserve and protect our democracy, we have to participate in it.

That means voting in this and every other election – and doing everything we can to make sure every eligible voter we know does the same.




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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