Voting News from the Disability Vote Coalition

The Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition is a non-partisan effort to help ensure full participation in the electoral process of voters with disabilities.

Check out our resources at disabilityvote.org and follow us on Facebook

Disability Vote Coalition Lunch and Learn sessions – join us and spread the word! This Thursday October 15th, we will focus on absentee voting and early voting with special guests from the Wisconsin Election Commission, Brianna Hanson and Richard Rydecki. It’s from Noon to 12:30 pm. Please register at disabilityvote.org/lunch-learn to get the zoom link. Join us for all the Lunch and Learn sessions Thursdays in October from Noon to 12:30 pm and share this flyer widely with your networks.

YESTERDAY, October 14th is the deadline to register online or by mail (postmark date of 10/14). Visit myvote.wi.gov to complete he registration process or find your municipal clerk’s mailing address. You can register in person at your municipal clerk’s office or at early voting locations until Friday Oct 30 or in person at your polling place on election day.

October 20, 2020: This is the first day that municipal clerks may offer in-person absentee voting in their office or a satellite location. Start dates and office hours vary by municipality. Check with your clerk or MyVote Wisconsin to find early voting hours and locations for your community. You can also register to vote through October 30.

Order a DVC Face Mask

The Disability Vote Coalition has a limited number of face masks to distribute to Coalition members and supporters. Availability is limited to one per person and to five per organization although we will consider special requests. Submit your order as soon as possible as the number of masks is limited. If you are on Facebook, we hope you will post a picture wearing your Disability Vote Coalition Facemask! Follow us on Facebook, and like and share our posts. Place your order here!

Why It’s Important to Report Accessibility and Other Voting Concerns

If a voter with a disability experiences an accessibility concern or another problem voting, we encourage them to file a complaint with the Wisconsin Elections Commission, so this concern can be addressed. When you report a concern, it will inform policy makers and help make the system better for other voters.

    • For assistance with reporting a complaint, contact the DRW Voter Hotline: Complaints may be entered online at elections.wi.gov/complaints or call the Commission You may use the option to “Report an Accessibility Concern”.
    • You may also call or email to request that a complaint form be mailed to you, or to share your concern. Email elections@wi.gov or call 866-VOTE-WIS.

TAKE THE VOTER EXPERIENCE SURVEY

 

Help us learn more about the voting experience of Wisconsinites with disabilities. The SABE GoVoter survey is conducted nationally to learn more about what is working well for voters with disabilities and what are the challenges. The Disability Vote Coalition will use the survey results to advocate with elected officials to make improvements to our voting system.

  • If you are a voter with a disability, we want to hear about your voting experience. Please complete the survey. You can complete it online, or contact the DRW Voter Hotline (844-DIS-VOTE) and we will schedule a time to complete the survey with you.
  • If you are a service provider or family member, we need your help! Please share the survey with voters with disabilities and invite them to share their voting experience. We can also mail you paper copies of the survey.
  • Link to the SABE Go Voter 2020 survey (English)
  • Link to Spanish (Español) survey
  • To request a paper survey, or schedule time for someone to assist you to complete the survey, contact the DRW Voter Hotline at 844-DIS-VOTE or email info@disabilitvote.org.

Transportation to the Polls

We are gathering information about options for transportation to the polls to share with voters and those who support them. If you are aware of organizations in your area that are providing assistance, please pass it on so we can help get the word out. Email info@disabilityvote.org with the information.

2020 Census Update

Thank you to everyone who completed their census and helped with outreach and education about why it is so important. Here is a link to the Census Bureau’s statement on ending the count on October 15: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2020/2020-census-data-collection-ending.html 

Note that the census self-response is open through 6am EST on the 16th (11:59pm HST), but paper responses must be postmarked by the 15th.

Have a voting question or concern?

  • Contact the Disability Rights Wisconsin Voter Hotline for assistance. Call DRW at 844-DIS-VOTE / 844-347-8683 or email info@disabilityvote.org. We can help you with voting questions, assist you to make a voting plane, and help to with filing a complaint.
  • If you are a voter with a disability who has experienced an accessibility concern related to voting, report your concern to the Wisconsin Election Commission online or call 866-VOTE-WIS.

Have a voting question or concern?

  • Contact the Disability Rights Wisconsin Voter Hotline for assistance. Call DRW at 844-DIS-VOTE / 844-347-8683 or email info@disabilityvote.org. We can also assist you with filing a complaint.
  • If you are a voter with a disability who has experienced an accessibility concern related to voting, report your concern to the Wisconsin Election Commission online or call 866-VOTE-WIS.

 

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