Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Fair Voting Maps for Wisconsin: What's Next?

For release: Wednesday - April 10, 2024


Image: Wisconsin Deserves Fair Maps Beyond 2024


Join Fellow Fair Maps Supporters in Wausau on April 20th

It has been nearly two months since the enactment into law of fair state legislative district voting maps for Wisconsin effective for the 2024 elections. On February 19, Gov. Tony Evers signed legislation establishing new and much fairer and more competitive Wisconsin Assembly and Senate districts submitted to the Wisconsin Supreme Court after the Court struck down as unconstitutional unfair, partisan gerrymandered maps rammed into place during 2021-22. Common Cause Wisconsin (CC/WI) and other reformers supported those maps because they were great for voters even if partisan Republicans and Democrats didn't favor them.

Currently, the Wisconsin Elections Commission is working to get the new district lines in place and ready for the upcoming state legislative elections including for the August primary and the November general elections. These new maps, selected in part because they offered the most stability and certainty for Wisconsin voters and are less susceptible to a legal challenge than any of the other maps submitted to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, are likely to remain in place until the next decennial Census in 2030, followed by the 2031 redistricting process.

But these current maps are only a temporary solution until 2030-31. The current, completely inadequate and partisan redistricting system that caused gerrymandered maps to be enacted into law in 2011 and then again in 2021-22 is still "on the books" in Wisconsin. Therefore, a new law changing how redistricting is done in the future is essential for fair voting maps to survive and be made a permanent fixture of Wisconsin law.

On Saturday, April 20th fair maps proponents will be gathering in Wausau to begin to discuss this matter and start to map out a path toward achieving a nonpartisan redistricting process for Wisconsin to be in place and ready to accomplish redistricting of state legislative and congressional districts in 2031. CC/WI Co-Chair Penny Bernard Schaber, a former Wisconsin state representative from Appleton and many other fair maps advocates will be on hand to talk and learn along with you and every Wisconsinite who is interested in making fair voting maps and nonpartisan redistricting a permanent part of the political landscape in Wisconsin.

If you want to know what comes next for keeping fair maps for Wisconsin and want to have a direct impact on better policy and redistricting reforms and want to help keep state legislators accountable to the people of Wisconsin, then join leaders, activists, and people from across the state in an interactive and engaging planning event on Saturday, April 20th in Wausau. You can opt to attend in person or virtually. We need your voice to help with the next steps to ensure we have Fair Maps beyond 2024. 

For more information and to REGISTER go here: https://bit.ly/FMC_StrategyPlanning2024

On Wisconsin!  Forward.
Jay Heck, Executive Director, Common Cause Wisconsin
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Jay Heck
608/512-9363 (cell)

Common Cause in Wisconsin
152 Johnson St, Suite 212
Madison, WI 53703
www.commoncausewisconsin.org

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Today is Spring Election Day - Vote TODAY!

For release: Tuesday - April 2, 2024

Image: I am a voter

Vote NO on the Two Statewide Constitutional Amendment Ballot Questions

Today is the perfect day to flex your democracy muscles by participating in the April Spring Election. Your vote will help determine some of the policies that will guide our communities and state in years to come.
 
This email will help you understand what you need to do today to ensure your vote is counted and that you are prepared to mark your ballot.


Mail-in Absentee Ballot Return
If you still have an absentee ballot that was mailed to you and you have not returned it yet, be sure to personally hand return your completed ballot TODAY. Absolutely Do NOT mail it! All ballots need to be received no later than 8:00 PM today (Tuesday) on Election Day. Your clerk and myvote.wi.gov will have information about where you can return your ballot.
 
Don't forget: The ballot envelope needs a witness signature and the complete address of the witness, filled out by the witness.
 
 
You can track your ballot through the official ballot tracker on MyVote. Don't see that your ballot was received? Contact your clerk for further information.

 
In-Person Voting at your Polling Location on Election Day 
If you are planning to vote in person at the polls, read the information below so you are prepared when you show up to vote at your polling location. Polls are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM today, Tuesday, April 2nd.

 
Polling Location 
Polling places can change from election to election. To find out where to go to cast your ballot, visit the Find My Polling Place page on the MyVote Wisconsin website and type in your address.

 
Registration 
You can register to vote on Election Day at your polling location. Being registered to vote means being registered at your current address. 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. You'll need to bring a proof of residence document to complete your registration (this document can be shown electronically - like on your phone or tablet).

 
Photo ID 
State law requires you to show one of the limited number of acceptable photo IDs in order for you to be able to vote. If you have a Wisconsin driver's license or a Wisconsin Department of Transportation-issued ID card, then you’re all set. Selected other forms of ID work too, and it’s very important to check the official list of acceptable IDs at Bring It to The Ballot to make sure you have what you need.
 
What if you don't have an acceptable ID to vote today? 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 on Election Day OR bring your ID to your municipal clerk's office by 4:00 PM the Friday after the election (Friday, April 5th). If you don't have an acceptable ID for voting and need help getting one, call or text the VoteRiders helpline 866-ID-2-VOTE for assistance.

 
Your Ballot 
You will find primarily local and possibly some state election contests on your ballot. This may include City Council, Village President, Judges, Mayor, School Board, and other offices. (Find out what is on your ballot at MyVote). These offices and the people who serve in these roles have a direct impact on your life.
 
Get to know who wants to represent you and which candidate best represents your values before you vote. Find candidate and ballot information from the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin at Vote411. Also, there are TWO Statewide Ballot Questions on your ballot. You should know that we believe​ these two statewide ballot questions would adversely affect voting in Wisconsin, and will make changes to our state’s constitution if they pass (and we think they should be rejected with a no vote). You can read the wording of these questions and more about why they should NOT be supported in this previous post from Common Cause WI.

 
College Students voting in Wisconsin 
Are you a public or private college or university student voting in Wisconsin? Or do you know a student who wants to vote in Wisconsin? Photo IDs issued by Wisconsin colleges and universities may or may not be compliant with Wisconsin law to vote. We can help you find out, here: Three Things College Students Need to Do To Vote in Wisconsin

 
Have questions or need some assistance? 
Help is just a call, text, or email away.
 
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 any questions you have or to report problems.
 
Voters with disabilities have the right to have ready access to any polling place. This includes the right to use an accessible voting machine, getting assistance marking and returning an absentee ballot, and voting curbside at a polling location. 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.
 

Cast your ballot and make your voice heard and your vote count in this April Election! Encourage anyone and everyone you know who is eligible to vote in Wisconsin to do so in person at their polling place until 8 PM tonight or to return their absentee ballot to their election clerk’s office if they still have it and have not yet returned it.

In lower turnout Spring elections like this one your voice matters and makes a difference even more so because fewer people participate. So, exercise your constitutional right to vote. And again, we urge your vote against the two state constitutional ballot questions.

On Wisconsin. Forward!

Jay Heck, Executive Director, Common Cause Wisconsin
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152 Johnson St, Suite 212
Madison, WI 53703
www.commoncausewisconsin.org

Jay Heck
Executive Director
608/512-9363 (cell)
Common Cause in Wisconsin

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