Frequently Asked Questions About Voting Rights: June 5 Recall Elections

21 May

Photo ID is not required at polling places on the June 5, but the potential for confusion over new voting rules in Wisconsin could be a problem on the coming recall Election Day. The ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation is distributing nonpartisan factsheets in response to voters’ questions.

Download the ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation’s Voting Rights Factsheets on our website (PDF):

You Have the Right to Vote: Wisconsin

Conozca Sus Derechos de Voto: Wisconsin

Students: You Have the Right to Vote!

During the most recent election, attorneys staffing the Wisconsin Election Protection hotline answered questions about photo ID requirements, signing poll books, registration requirements, and changing polling places due to redistricting. On June 5, voters can call 1-866-OUR-VOTE to report problems, ask questions or get help to protect their right to vote.

The ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation is distributing nonpartisan “Know Your Voting Rights: Wisconsin” guides to clarify some of Wisconsin’s new voting rules. As part of the national ACLU’s “Let Me Vote” campaign, the ACLU will be leading a Voter Empowerment Campaign in Wisconsin and across the country to educate citizens about their rights and help them overcome the unfair barriers states have created to suppress the right to vote.

The one-page document describes answers to the most commonly asked questions about how to vote in the June 5 recall election including early and absentee rules. More information about the special requirements for student voters can be found on the Government Accountability Board’s website. A full list of municipal clerks is also available online – go directly to clerks for your absentee ballots, individual questions about the status of your registration or if you have problems with voting early.

As noted above, photo ID is NOT required for the Recall Election. Two state courts have blocked the law requiring photo ID to vote based on lawsuits filed by the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera; the state is appealing those decisions. The federal lawsuit that the ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation, the national ACLU and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty filed in December, claiming that the photo ID law unconstitutionally burdens voting rights and discriminates against African-American and Latino voters, is also pending.  

Read more about the ACLU’s federal lawsuit against Voter ID online:

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