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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.

Check out our resources at disabilityvote.org/ and follow us on Facebook
Voting questions: Contact the Disability Rights Wisconsin Voter Hotline:
1-844-347-8683 / 1-844-DIS-VOTE / info@disabilityvote.org

Deadline February 1 to Register to Vote by Mail or Online

The deadline to register to vote by mail or online in the February Primary is today, February 1st. You can register and/or update your voter information at My Vote Wisconsin at this link: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/Register-To-Vote. After this date, there is still an opportunity to register to vote, however, electors must register in person in their municipal clerk's office or at the polling place.

Join Us February 9th for Wisconsin Courts Matter

On February 21 and April 4, Wisconsinites will vote for State Supreme Court candidates. Join us on February 9th at 6:30 PM for a virtual forum, “Wisconsin Courts Matter in the 2023 Elections”.

Learn about the important role of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and why it matters to people with disabilities. We’ll hear from former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske, Civil Rights Attorney Monica Murphy, and disability rights advocate Martha Chambers.

Our state courts make decisions that affect our rights and liberties. They address issues like voting rights, education, mental health, access to healthcare, employment rights, guardianships, access to ASL interpreters, and more. The Supreme Court hears about 60 cases a year and many are decided on 3 – 4 decision.

Your vote in the February 21st primary will help determine which candidates are on the ballot on April 4th. Join us on February 9th to make sure you are prepared to vote.

Register for this Zoom forum here

Voting Absentee?

To vote absentee (by mail) in the February 21st primary, request your absentee ballot as soon as possible. Registered voters may request absentee ballots for the year at MyVote Wisconsin: https://myvote.wi.gov/

Be sure to complete and return your witnessed absentee ballot as soon as possible, and at least one week in advance of the February 21st election. Follow the instructions included with your absentee ballot. Mistakes may prevent your vote from being counted. Voters with disabilities may have assistance with mailing or returning their ballot from a person of their choice, other than their employer or union representative.

Your Right to Assistance with Voting

If you need assistance completing, mailing or returning your absentee ballot because of a disability, you may have a person of your choice assist you, other than your employer or union representative.

If you need assistance at your polling place, you may ask that a poll worker or a person of your choice other than your employer or union representative, assist you with completing your ballot.
If you need assistance returning your absentee ballot, the person returning your ballot may also be the person who assists you with completing your ballot and/or who acts as your witness.

It is up to you, the voter, to determine if you need assistance completing, mailing or delivering your ballot because of disability. Election officials cannot inquire further about your disability status. No additional steps may be taken to verify your disability or right to assistance.
If you have questions, contact the Disability Rights Wisconsin Voter Hotline at 844-347-8683 or email info@disabilityvote.org

Make Your Plan to Vote in 2023

Do you have a plan to vote in the February 21 primary? Check out our “Make Your Plan to Vote” Fact sheet. Your vote in February will help determine which candidates make it to the ballot for the April 4 election, including candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court!

Make your plan here: https://disabilityvote.org/2022/make-your-plan-to-vote-2023-fact-sheet/

Additional resources are available in our Voter Toolkit for the 2023 Elections. Check it out at Voter Toolkit – 2023 Elections - Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition

Guardianship and Voting Rights

Do you have a guardian, but are unsure about your voting rights? Check your “Determination and Order on Petition for Guardianship” form. If the box about voting on page 2 isn’t checked, you have the right to vote.
Talk to your guardian if you need help to get registered to vote or request an absentee ballot.

If you have lost your voting rights due to guardianship, you can petition the court to have your rights restored. Our Guide walks you through the process step by step.

For resources on Guardianship and Voting, see the Disability Rights Wisconsin Resource Center:
Guardianship and Voting - Disability Rights Wisconsin

Learn about the Candidates

To be a prepared voter, take some time to learn about the candidates.
The League of Women Voters hosts a website called Vote411 which includes candidate information. Visit VOTE411.org to learn about the candidates.

Wisconsin Eye’s Newsmakers Program is conducting interviews with candidates for the State Supreme Court. Their website is https://wiseye.org/- select “Newsmakers” under the Program tab. Most interviews do not have captioning.


Help is available! Contact these resources:
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