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EDITORIAL: Dear Republicans, voting is a right, not a privilege

I tend not to write editorials about federal and state legislation. My focus is on local issues. But I fear Republican lawmakers’ actions—and inactions—on voting rights undermine our democracy. And I see that as a very local issue. At the federal level, Republicans are hesitant to enact universal voting laws. Wisconsin Republicans hang onto voting […]

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State driver licenses and IDs are the most common forms of identification to show at the polls

Wisconsin driver licenses or IDs are the most common form of identification used for voting purposes. Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) encourages voters to check and be sure that they have the proper identification needed to vote in this month’s primary (February 16). A federally compliant REAL ID card is not […]

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Wisconsin’s nonvoters could be a powerful bloc — but barriers, disillusionment stand in the way

By Nora Eckert Wisconsin Watch This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. When Angela Lang reflects on the thousands of conversations she and other members of her community organization, BLOC, have had with Milwaukee residents, one floats to the top of her mind. Angela […]

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Unlocking the vote: How other states have eased felony voting laws

The national conversation around felony voting rights has lingered for decades and is considered to be a hot potato for politicians. In Wisconsin, the state banned 68,000 felons from voting. This includes people in prison and on community supervision. In the United States, 5.2 million people can’t vote because of their criminal status. But the […]

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How voting, crime, and race became entwined

Wisconsin’s pattern of voter disenfranchisement mirrors larger American efforts to strip voting rights from felons. State law prohibits felons from voting while in prison and under community supervision, impacting over 68,000 Wisconsin residents. Often rooted in protecting public safety, denying voting rights to felons has been a consistent theme in the United States.  The practice […]

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Wisconsin election infrastructure is mostly secure — but inaccurate counts are hard to catch and correct

Long-time Wisconsin resident and election reformer Jim Mueller said when he was a municipal clerk two decades ago, elections were not a stressful part of small town administration. And, “in my mother’s age, anybody that learned how to count by grade five could be a poll worker,” he said. His mother worked the polls in […]

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Racine Interfaith Coalition’s Turn Up the Vote Racine Launches Next Phase on July 4

On July 4, the Racine Interfaith Coalition (RIC) will launch the next phase of its non-partisan voter outreach program, Turn Up the Vote Racine, with an informational video posted on the Turn Up the Vote Facebook page. Since 2011, a dedicated group of volunteers has worked year-round to educate voters about such topics as how […]

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Wisconsin erected barriers to college voters, the pandemic added more

On the day of the Wisconsin spring primary in February, Peter German was determined to vote. In between strained breaths, German — a freshman from West Bend attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison — said he had been running from building to building in an attempt to cast his ballot. “I haven’t missed an election yet,” […]