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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.
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Voting Questions? Contact the DRW Voter Hotline at 844-347-8683 or email us at info@disabilityvote.org

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Spring Election Lunch and Learn – March 14th!

Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition’s Make a Plan for the Next Election Webinar

Attend our upcoming voter education event!

April 2nd is an important statewide election. We'll help you prepare by discussing what you may find on your ballot, how to find non-partisan candidate information, how to get involved in this election year, and more. You will also get the most up-to-date information about this year's elections.

March 14, 2024 | 12:00 – 12:45 pm

Click here to register!

Sign language interpreters will be available.
April 2nd Spring Election – Important dates
qPlan ahead! Here are important deadlines for the April 2nd election.

Voting by mail? Request your absentee ballot as soon as possible to allow time for it to be mailed to you and returned. Registered voters may request an absentee ballot here.

March 12: Clerks mail absentee ballots to voters with valid requests on file.
March 13: Deadline to register to vote by mail or online for the Spring Primary. After this date, voters must register in-person in the municipal clerk’s office or at their polling place.
March 19: In-person early voting can begin.
March 28: Absentee ballot request deadline for regular and overseas voters.
March 29: Last day to register to vote in the clerk’s office or other designated location before Election Day.
April 2: – Election Day. Polls are open from 7 AM – 8 PM

What’s on the Ballot?

There will be a Presidential Preference Primary on the April ballot. Each voter will choose one candidate from their preferred political party's list of presidential candidates. The candidate from each party with the most votes wins the primary election and will be on the ballot for the November election. You CANNOT vote for more than one political party candidate.

Several other races in the Spring Election include Court of Appeals and Circuit Court Judges. Some municipalities will also have local elections for school boards, mayor, city councils, alderpersons, and local referenda.

Click here to view your ballot.

Check out these resources to learn about the constitutional amendment and advisory referendum, and the candidates:
Ballotpedia: Question 1
Ballotpedia: Question 2
Help Support People with Disabilities and Older Adults to Vote in the April 2nd Spring Election

April 2nd is a very important election in Wisconsin. Many people with mental health needs and other disabilities and older adults experience barriers to voting. The Disability Vote Coalition can help you to support community members with the information needed to register to vote, cast a ballot, and understand voting rights and accommodations.

Have a voting question? Contact the DRW Voter Hotline at 844-347-8683 or info@disabilityvote.org

Want to order voting materials or schedule a training? Contact the Hotline!

Need information about voter registration, photo ID, or ballot return assistance? Our Voter Toolkit for the 2024 Elections has what you need.
Rides to the Polls for the April 2nd Election

The Disability Vote Coalition is pleased to share our Rides to the Polls for elections coming up in 2024. Rides to the Polls is a list of transportation providers around the state who may provide transportation for voting for people with disabilities and older adults.

Need a ride? Act now! Check the list to see if there is a transportation provider in your area and contact them as soon as you can. Most providers require advance notice.

Accessing the Rides to the Polls List
Rides to the Polls is in a spreadsheet format, hosted on Google Sheets. Access it here

Note: The Disability Vote Coalition does not provide transportation or schedule rides. We invite you to review the Rides to the Polls list to see if there is a provider in your part of the state.
Ballot Return Assistance for Disabled Voters

As affirmed by a federal court in August 2022, any Wisconsin voter who requires assistance with mailing or delivering their absentee ballot to the municipal clerk because of a disability must be permitted to receive such assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of the voter’s union.

Some disabled voters have experienced barriers and have received incorrect information from their clerk or at their polling place about their right to ballot return assistance. Please help us to ensure that disabled voters understand and can assert their right to ballot return assistance.

Contact the DRW Voter Hotline at 844-347-8683 or info@disabilityvote.org if you receive absentee ballot instructions that state “only the voter can return their ballot” and do not explain the rights of disabled voters or see signage at the polling place with this information, or if your right to assistance is denied or challenged.

Local Elections Matter!

The impact of your vote can often be felt more at the local level than at the federal level. Locally elected officials make decisions that impact your everyday life including how your tax dollars are spent, road repairs, public transportation, public safety and so much more. Don’t sit this one out!

View our Local Elections Fact Sheet


Help is available! Contact these resources:
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