A challenge to the Voter ID law (Act 23) brought by the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Education Fund and its president, Melaney Ramey, was dismissed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which upheld the constitutionality of Act 23. The Voter ID law is still not in effect because of rulings in challenges brought in the federal court system.
The public is invited to join us for refreshments and conversation at our annual
Open House / Social Hour
Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 6 pm
Then stay for our September Issues Forum at 7 pm
Race to Equity
Erica Nelson, Project Director, Race to Equity
Lawrence Torry Winn, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement Consultant, Wisconsin Council on Children & Families
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The Capitol Lakes Grand Hall, 333 West Main Street in Downtown Madison.
Free parking in the ramp across the street. Have your parking ticket validated as you leave the event.
You did it again!
Anonymous donors agreed to contribute up to $2000 in matching funds if members would contribute during the special May Member Challenge. You met and exceeded their generosity. The challenge garnered a total of 35 donations and $5485 for our league to use to continue our important work, encouraging informed and active participation in government.
To register voters in Madison, you can watch a video online, complete a form and a quiz, sign it, and send it in. Your certification will be good for registering Madison voters ONLY. To register residents of other towns and municipalities, contact the relevant municipal clerk. Many clerks accept Madison certification. Our Voting Information page has contact information.
Valentine's Day coincides with the founding of the League of Women Voters. The League uses the occasion to encourage members and others to show their love by making a Valentine's Day / "Birthday" contribution. On behalf of Pat Kippert, Fundraising Director, we are thrilled to share the news of this year's fantastic success, both in terms of contributed dollars and number of donors (66!). Thanks to all who helped make this happen!
Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the League of Women Voters of Dane County. Please mail or deliver to our office at 2712 Marshall Court, Madison, WI 53705. Or Donate through PayPal using your PayPal account or credit card.
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Brief, informative updates about state issues are available (approximately) weekly from the League of Women Voters–Wisconsin.
Wisconsin’s voter ID law (2011 Wisconsin Act 23) was passed in 2011 and has been blocked since March 2012. The law has been challenged by four lawsuits, which are still in the courts.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has announced it will review the Appeals Court ruling in the League's case. The high court will consolidate oral arguments with a separate case filed by NAACP and Voces de la Frontera. Attorneys will be filing briefs in the coming months, and oral arguments will be scheduled in the future. Click here to see the current status of the lawsuits. (Reviewed/updated weekly by LWVWI.)
Two separate judges, on March 6 and March 12, 2012, issued injunctions preventing the Government Accountability Board from enforcing photo ID requirements in 2011 Act 23. The Wisconsin Department of Justice appealed those injunctions, and the appeals were certified to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which sent them back to the respective Courts of Appeals.
On May 30, 2013, the Court of Appeals District IV reversed the circuit court's judgement and injuction in the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin's case. The League is conisdering its options with regard to further legal review.
The voter ID law continues to be blocked by the injunction ordered in the other case. The Appeals Court decision is a limited one. The Court of Appeals declined to find that the Voter ID law is unconstitutional in the absence of evidence that the requirement impairs the rights of qualified citizens to vote. Such evidence was not presented in this case. Thus, the May 30 decision does not resolve the constitutionality of the law. Other cases are still pending in state and federal courts that address the impairment issue.
Other key provisions of Act 23 remain in effect:
The League of Women Voters of Dane County announces a project to assist eligible voters in obtaining the required ID to vote, and a fund-raising drive to assist area voters to obtain the documentation necessary to get a Department of Transportation (DOT) ID for voting purposes. Citizens seeking assistance can call our office and leave a message requesting help. Tax-deductible contributions to help fund this project may be mailed to LWVDC, 2712 Marshall Court, Suite 2, Madison, WI 53705, or make a contribution now through PayPal using the Donate button below.
Since its inception in February, 1920, the League of Women Voters has worked to safeguard the rights of voters. We are encouraging eligible voters in Wisconsin to check the expiration date on their WI driver License or DOT-issued identification card, and to talk to friends and neighbors who may have to get a photo ID in order to vote.