Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition Works To Create Accessible Voting
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Three Community Shares of Wisconsin organizations demonstrate the power of collaboration through their work to advocate for and create equal access to voting: Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired, Disability Rights Wisconsin, and League of Women Voters of Wisconsin. All three organizations, along with forty other organizations, as well as individual advocates, comprise the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition.
The Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition is the only coalition in Wisconsin focused on the entire voting experience of people with disabilities. The coalition has three main goals:
Goal 1: Assist people with disabilities to exercise their rights under the law to fully participate in the electoral process. This includes providing direct voter assistance, outreach, education, and resource materials.
Goal 2: Improve the accessibility of Wisconsin elections for voters with disabilities. This includes providing education and resources to policy makers, election officials, and poll workers about voting rights, accommodations, and accessibility.
Goal 3: Protect the voting rights of people with disabilities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic or other public health concerns or emergencies.
Member organizations of the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition make a huge impact in the community. They gather data about the experiences of people with disabilities during voter registration, at the polling place, and while voting. They also offer educational opportunities to both people with disabilities and service providers in order to increase voting by people with disabilities. All of the data gathered, voter feedback, and education about voting access helps this coalition to advocate for needed change that will increase voting by people with disabilities.
Working up to the November 8 election, the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition urged voters with disabilities to cast their ballot. They provided resources on absentee voting, voting on Election Day, and voting rights and accommodations. These resources are critical to engaging voters with disabilities and ensuring an equitable and accessible voting process. They also encouraged allies to use accessible voting equipment to show election workers the value of this equipment, it is crucial this equipment is available to all voters who need it.
Thank you to Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition and our members who are a part of it!
The WDVC is a non-partisan effort to help ensure full participation in the entire electoral process of voters with disabilities, including registering to vote, casting a vote, and accessing polling places. The Coalition is coordinated by Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities.
- Resources are available on the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition website at disabilityvote.org.
- The Disability Rights Wisconsin Voter Hotline is available year-round at 844-347-8683 or email [email protected].