Be an Ambassador

Be an Ambassador

Madison is well known for its many neighborhood events, arts and sports events, celebrations at neighborhood centers and parks. These events, as well as company picnics, and gatherings of social organizations are great opportunities for voter education ambassadors to have a presence. Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl allows Voter Education Ambassadors to sign out voting booths for this purpose. The booths provide a compact, portable, easy-to assemble table where you can both register voters and provide information about the voter photo ID requirements.

Brook Soltvedt, a newly minted Voter Education Ambassador, set up shop at the Nakoma Neighborhood Fourth of July Festival. She registered one person who had recently moved to the area. She was able to explain that a man who was registered and had voted in Madison would not be able to use his California drivers' license as an acceptable voter photo ID. He'll need to get Wisconsin license or use his passport (and be sure it hasn't expired before November 1, 2014). Others were surprised to learn that voter photo ID is required. "I thought that was still in the courts." Many people were grateful for the reminder about the reason for the holiday.

It's not too soon to get the word out. Small community events are a fun way to educate people, and to make the League's presence felt.