Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Make "National Voter Registration Day" Mean Something

For Release: Tuesday - September 25, 2018

Today is National Voter Registration Day. Be sure you, and other Wisconsinites, are ready to vote.

Here's a rundown on some of the ways we can make this day count – and how we can stay engaged throughout these final six weeks before the November 6th midterm election and make a difference.

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

Go to MyVote.WI.gov, select "Register to vote," and enter your name and date of birth.

If you find out that you are not already registered to vote at your current residence, see this information on voter registration options and deadlines. And then make sure that every family member, friend – anyone you know who is eligible to vote – is registered, too.

Don't let up after today. This is too important.

Do you need help registering to vote or more information about how to help others register?

You can find National Voter Registration Day events near you by visiting this page on the National Voter Registration Day website and entering your zip code. Many dedicated nonpartisan volunteers across the state are happy to answer questions and help folks register to vote.

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

Early voting just started 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.

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. 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.

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.

We will be publishing a link to our statewide list of these individuals and groups later this week on this page of our website. 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 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.

National Voter Registration Day is intended to highlight an important step that all eligible voters must take to preserve our democracy.

Take this step and do more to help as many people as you can do the same.


Sandra Miller
Director of Information Services & Outreach

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

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