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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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Transportation to the Polls
Please spread the word about our new resource: Rides to the Polls:

If you are a voter with a disability who needs a ride to get to your polling place or early vote, check it out – we may have a resource for you! If you have a resource to add, or a correction, email us at info@disabilityvote.org. Thanks to League of Women Voters, ADRCs, and other who helped to provide transportation resources.

Absentee Ballot Alert!
  • If you have an absentee ballot, complete it immediately and return it to an absentee drop box or to your clerk’s office. It is likely too late to return by mail.
  • You can find your clerk's office address and drop box locations by visiting myvote.wi.gov.
  • Before your return your ballot, make sure your certificate envelope is complete, with the voter’s signature, witness signature and address, and sealed.
  • Your ballot must be returned so it can be delivered to your polling place or central count location by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Ballots that are late cannot be counted.
  • If you requested your absentee ballot and it did not arrive in time, you may vote in person on Election Day or you can vote early.

Lunch and Learn: Voting In Person/ Transportation. This Thursday October 29 at noon, join us for a Lunch and Learn to discuss transportation for this election and share tips for safely voting in person. Lisa Pugh from The Arc Wisconsin, and Barbara Beckert, Disability Rights WI, will cover what you need to know to vote early or on election day. Register here.

Stay Safe with Curbside Voting
During the pandemic, access to curbside voting is one of the most important supports for safe voting. Curbside voting should be an option for any voter who is immunocompromised, was exposed to or has symptoms of COVID-19, as well as voters who have a disability. By law, curbside voting is supposed to be available at all early voting locations as well as on election day. PLAN AHEAD! Call your clerk ASAP to ask about the process for curbside voting. You may need to ring a doorbell, honk your horn, or go to specific area in the parking lot or outside your polling place.

Know Your Rights: If you are voting in person, make sure you know your rights to have a full and equal opportunity to register to vote, cast a ballot, and access disability related accommodations. Here are resources from the Disability Vote Coalition:

Know Your Rights Video
Know Your Rights Video with audio descriptions
Know Your Rights Video – Spanish
“Know Your Voting Rights” fact sheet

DRW Voter Hotline
Help is available for voters with disabilities. The Disability Rights Wisconsin Voter Hotline can help with voting questions or assist voters to report a concern. The DRW Hotline will also share with voters any information they have received about transportation, when available. Contact the DRW Hotline at 844-DIS-VOTE/ 844-347-8683 or email info@disabilityvote.org

Track Your Ballot
Are you voting absentee? Use the ‘Track My Ballot” feature in MyVote Wisconsin. A voter with an active absentee request can check the status by entering their full name and date of birth. The tracker shows the voter if their absentee ballot request has been received, if the ballot has been sent, if the returned ballot has been received, and if there is a problem with the returned ballot. An orange box means something went wrong — possibly issues with the voter's signature, photo ID or witness. To identify the problem and get it fixed, voters should contact their municipal clerk’s office. Contact information for clerks is available on MyVote.

Reporting an Accessibility or Voting Rights Concern
If you have an accessibility or voting rights concern, take action and report your concern. Reporting the concern can help you, and may also help other voters.
  • If you run into problems on election day, contact the Chief Election Inspector at your polling place or ask for the municipal clerk immediately.
  • Contact the Disability Rights Wisconsin Voter Hotline at: 1-844-DIS-VOTE (844-347-8683)/email: info@disabilityvote.org to receive assistance with your concern or with the process of filing a complaint.
  • Contact the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) at 1-866-VOTE-WIS (866- 868-3947) for assistance. Report your concern at elections.wi.gov/index.php/complaints The WEC Complaints page has an option to “Report an Accessibility Concern”. If your concern has been addressed, it is still helpful to report it but be sure to note that it was resolved.

Take the Voter Experience Survey
Reminder to Voters with disabilities: take the Voter Experience Survey 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.

Links to the 2020 Voter Experience Survey:

Help is Available! Contact these Resources:
  • DMV Voter ID Hotline: (844) 588-1069. Apply for a free Photo ID for voting at the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
  • Vote411.org and ballotpedia.org: nonpartisan information about the candidates
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The Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition is a project of Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities.
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