Thursday, October 11, 2012

Educational Resources

Here is a series of videos that the ACLU has been working very hard on.  You can check them out on our YouTube Channel,  Our goal was to do further education about felon disfranchisement, and create a series of videos to educate the public about this issue. 

You can see our basic educational video outlining the problem here.

This is a one minute public service announcement about voting with a criminal conviction in Wisconsin.

Here is a video that details the racial disparities that result from felon disfranchisement.

This video talks about the impact on women and families.

And finally, there were three stories that came out in the interviews that we just felt like they were too good to not share.

James Hall on the history of voter suppression tactics.

Paula Pennebaker on taking her daughter to vote.

Bridget Piggery on not being able to take her kids to vote.

We have also completed the report that was funded through the same project, Unlock the Vote.  It is available on our website here:  We also have some printed copies of the report and some DVDs if you would like one.  We also have cards that explain the legal requirements for voting with a criminal conviction in Wisconsin.  They are available on our website here:

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Voting in Wisconsin with a Criminal Conviction

If you were convicted of a felony and you are “off paper” (you have finished your sentence), you can vote!

You have to re-register—you can do this beforehand by mail or in person, or you can register at your polling place on Election Day. Vote to empower yourself, your family and your community. Vote so the needs of your community are met by your elected officials. Vote because your voice is important and deserves to be heard.

  •  If you are in prison, on probation, on parole or extended supervision for a FELONY, you CANNOT vote.
  • If you were convicted of a MISDEMEANOR, you never lose your right to vote.
  • If you are in jail on Election Day because of a MISDEMEANOR sentence, you have the right to vote by absentee ballot.
  • If you are in jail on Election Day because you have been charged with a crime but not convicted, you have the right to vote by absentee ballot.
  • You have to ask for an absentee ballot from the clerk where you live when you are NOT in jail.
  • Photo ID should not be required for the November 6 elections, however court decisions may change. Check for the latest news before heading to the polls.
  • You can register to vote at your polling place on Election Day.

If you have questions, call (866) OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)

For more information:

  • Contact the Government Accountability Board for general voting information or to file a complaint: (866) 868-3947.
  • Contact Wisconsin Election Protection with general voting questions: on Election Day call (866) OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
  • Contact the ACLU of Wisconsin if you feel you were denied your right to vote: (414) 272-4032 x 214.
  • Contact the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Section to report instances of discrimination at the polls: (800) 253-3931

For more information on the ACLU’s work on voting rights in Wisconsin, visit their website.