“Getting There is Half the Battle: Wisconsin’s Photo ID Law, Access to DMV Services, and the Fight for Our Freedom to Vote,” was released on May 26th. This new report highlights how Wisconsin’s lack of access to the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is a barrier for many voters with disabilities, and other voters, to get the photo ID needed to cast a ballot. The report was developed by All Voting is Local, the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition, and the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin.
Since passing one of the most restrictive photo ID laws in the nation in 2011, Wisconsin has made it harder to obtain an ID needed to vote. This report shines a light on the barriers to DMV service centers – especially for people with disabilities, older adults, and people of color — many of whom are nondrivers.
Our democracy works best when everyone participates. Limited access to DMV services, along with Wisconsin’s restrictive photo ID law, creates barriers to the ballot for tens of thousands of Wisconsin voters. To protect and expand our freedom to vote, we must ensure full and equal access to these services. The report provides concrete recommendations to ensure all Wisconsinites can access the DMV to obtain an ID to vote, regardless of who they are and where they live.