Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Your vote matters in local elections. Prepare today for the April 6th General Election.

Tuesday – March 16, 2021

Visit MyVote.wi.gov for official voting information

The 2021 General Election is April 6th. And there are things you can take care of now so you are prepared for Election Day or to cast your absentee ballot in advance. Be ready for April 6th by reviewing and sharing the information below.
Remember every election matters, and local races have a direct impact on your daily life. These races will include the State Superintendent Of Public Instruction and may also include City Council, Village President, Judges, School Board, Mayor, and Alders. (Find out what is on your ballot at MyVote).The more local the election, the more likely the people elected may live in your neighborhood. Your vote matters in our state and local elections.
Register to Vote: You must be registered to vote to cast your ballot in the April 6 Spring Election. Register online at MyVote.wi.gov by March 17. After Wednesday, you can register with your municipal clerk or know that in Wisconsin, you can register at the polls on Election Day. 
Secure your photo ID: Visit BringIt.wi.gov for more information about the types of ID that can be used to vote. Here, you can also learn about how to get a free ID to use for voting.

Choose the Way You Want to Cast Your Ballot: Make a plan to vote one of three ways that are available to all Wisconsin voters:
  1. At your polling location on April 6th,
  2. With an absentee ballot by mail,
  3. Or in person by absentee ballot via your clerk’s office (aka early vote).
Go to MyVote.wi.gov and make a request for your absentee ballot to be sent to you by mail in just seconds. In Wisconsin, any registered voter can vote absentee - no excuses needed. Request your ballot for the April election today. The sooner you make your request, the more likely you are to receive and send back your ballot in time for it to be counted.
You can also go to MyVote.wi.gov to get information about in person voting by absentee ballot from your clerk prior to Election Day (aka early vote). And you can find your polling location if you choose to vote in person on Election Day.
On Your Ballot: Get to know who wants to represent you and which candidates best represent your values before you vote. Find candidate and ballot information from the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin at Vote411. Many local papers across the state will also publish candidate interviews prior to the election.
Wisconsin's youngest voters need to stay engaged and should plan to vote in 2021. Are you a college student voting in Wisconsin? Or do you know a student who wants to vote in Wisconsin? Here is important information from the Common Cause Wisconsin website to share: Three Things College Students Need to Do To Vote in Wisconsin

Voting by absentee ballot, having the correct ID, finding your polling place, knowing the deadlines...None of these things have to be scary, but they can be overwhelming. Help is just a call, text, or email away.

Call or text the WI Voter Helpline at 608-285-2141 and you will be connected to a nonpartisan person who can help answer all your questions. You can also request services such as getting assistance at the DMV to get an ID to vote or having someone witness your absentee ballot.

Voters with disabilities have the right to an accessible polling place. This includes the right to use an accessible voting machine, to assistance marking a ballot, and to voting curbside. Call the Disability Rights Wisconsin Voter Hotline for assistance: 1-844-347-8683. Or email: info@disabilityvote.org. Additional online resources are also at the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition website

If you experience problems at the polls or have questions, there is help. Call Election Protection at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) for support from nonpartisan election protection volunteers with questions or to report problems.
Our local democracies are as important as our federal democracy. Plan to vote in this Spring's Election. Your vote powers our future.

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

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

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