Madison Naturalization Ceremony

Madison Naturalization Ceremony

On Tuesday, September 19, the League assisted new citizens to exercise their new right register to vote. Each new resident received an informational brochures about registering, voter ID, and elections. Five were registered immediately after the ceremony, with assistance from the League. Most stated that they had a WI driver license and would use the information in the brochure to register online at home.

This letter to the editor about the ceremony and National Voter Registration Day was published in the Wisconsin State Journal on 9/23/2017.

Recently, 42 Wisconsin residents from over 20 countries became U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony organized by the Madison chapter of Open Doors for Refugees. It was part of their Welcoming Week activities. The extremely moving ceremony, held in our beautiful Capitol building, was the first to take place in Madison in a long time.

The League of Women Voters of Dane County was privileged to be able to provide each new citizen with information about registering and voting in Wisconsin, and we assisted several with registering online directly after the ceremony.

We thank Open Doors for Refugees for including the league as part the event, providing us the opportunity to help our newest citizens exercise their civil rights.

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day. The League will be providing voters with registration and voter ID information at Spectrum Brands, UW Health, Middleton High School and many sites around the city of Madison organized by the City Clerk's Office.

Are you registered to vote at your current address? Visit to find out.

Brook Soltvedt, Madison