The Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition applauds Governor Evers who today will sign into law AB-168 which will address a barrier to voting for some voters with disabilities. Wisconsin law requires voters to speak their name and address at the polling place before voting. AB 168 will allow voters who cannot state their name and address to have an election official or another individual selected by the voter state the name and address for them.
The discriminatory impact of this requirement was highlighted during the November 2018 election. Disability Rights Wisconsin received contacts from deaf voters, other voters with disabilities and family members regarding the barriers to voting they experienced due to current Wisconsin law requiring them to speak their name and address. Legislators took action to unanimously approved this bill to protect voter rights. Today, AB-168 will be signed into law by Governor Evers.