Guardianship & Voting: Keeping and Restoring the Right to Vote

In Wisconsin, adults under guardianship retain the right to vote unless the court has expressly removed that right. Only a court can take away the right to vote. An individual who has lost the right to vote can petition the court to have their right to vote restored. This new video discusses guardianship and voting in Wisconsin, and how to keep and restore the right to vote. The video includes an ASL interpreter and captioning.

This video is a product of Disability Rights Wisconsin.


Video: Shining a Light on Accessible Voting

Learn about accessible voting by watching a new video from the Self Determination channel, “Shining a Light on Accessible Voting Machines” with Denise Jess.

Moderator Stacy Ellingen, Denise, and other voters talk about the importance of accessible voting machines and why you should ask to use the accessible voting machine at your polling place. Each polling place is required to have an accessible voting machine that allows voters with disabilities to vote privately and independently.

Watch the Shining a Light on Accessible Voting Machines video via the Self-Determination Channel on Youtube.

Parent to Parent: Why I Support My Adult Child with a Disability to Vote

Parents share why retaining their child’s right to vote is so important to them and their child with a disability.

View the Parent-to-Parent video with audio descriptions via Youtube.

How I Got My Right to Vote Back: A Message from Jennifer Kratsch

In this video, self-advocate Jennifer Kratsch shares how she got her right to vote back. In Wisconsin, people under guardianship retain the right to vote unless the court removes the right. If you have lost the right to vote, you can petition the court to restore your voting rights, as Jen did.

Watch the video on Youtube here.

Shining a Light on the Importance of Voting Local

Local elections matter! This new video features Stephanie Birmingham – a powerful advocate who is passionate about voters’ rights – talking with self advocates about why it’s important to vote in local elections. The Disability Vote Coalition partnered with the Self-Determination Channel to get the word out about the importance of voting local.

Voting in Local Elections Video

Voting in Local Elections with Audio Description Video

Know Your Rights Video

March 4th Candidate Forum Video Recording Available

March 4th Candidate Forum Video Recording Available

On March 4th. the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition hosted a State Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate forum.  The forum was an opportunity to hear from candidates  Deborah Kerr and Jill Underly  about how they would address the needs of students with disabilities, including mental health needs.

The Candidate Forum video is now available and includes captioning and an ASL interpreter.

Thanks to the candidates for their participation, our co-sponsors for their partnership, and all who submitted questions.

A Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the ADA and its Impact on Voting Rights

Transcript for A Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the ADA and its Impact on Voting Rights (7/27/2020)


Governor Tony Evers ADA Celebration Proclamation

Governor Tony Evers celebrates the impact of the ADA in ensuring civil rights, and advancing inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities.  The Governor notes that as we celebrate, we recognize that much work still needs to be done to insure equity and equality for folks with disabilities, and reaffirm our commitment to realizing the promise of the ADA.

Ashley Mathy – ADA Celebrating 30 Years Strong

Ashley Mathy, People First Wisconsin, talks about the importance of the ADA in advancing voting rights.  Ashley plans to vote absentee this year.  Check out Ashley’s call to action!

Sandy Popp – ADA Celebrating 30 Years Strong

Sandy Popp, of Options for Independent Living in Green Bay advocated for the passage of the ADA on Capital Hill.  In this video, Sandy reflects on the progress made as a result of the ADA and the need to continue the battle for access for all people, especially this year with the pandemic.  Lead on, Sandy!

Denise Jess – ADA Celebrating 30 Years Strong

Denise Jess, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired reflects on how the ADA has increased access to the ballot box for voters with disabilities – and the continuing challenges to ensure accessible voting.  Wisconsin does not have an accessible absentee ballot.