Madison Files Civil Rights Complaint against DOT for DMV Move

On January 3rd, the City of Madison's Civil Rights Department filed a Title VI civil rights complaint with the US Department of Transportation against the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for consolidating its west-Madison services at a location that will be extremely challenging for transit-dependent citizens to access. Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, Alder Rebecca Kemble, Bill Schaefer of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, Brook Soltvedt, President of the League of Women Voters of Dane County, and Norman Davis, Director of the Civil Rights Department spoke about the issue at a press conference at the City-County Building on January 4th. 

UPDATE 4/23/18: The City of Madison Department of Civil Rights has received no response to their complaint

For more information:

Soltvedt's statement at the press conference 1/4/18

Here and Now on Wisconsin Public Television interviews Soltvedt 1/5/18
Madison Files Complaint Over DMV Move

Wisconsin State Journal 1/9/18
League letter to the editor about DMV move (not civil rights complaint)
Moving DMV will make it harder to vote

Letter from LWVDC to US DoT in support of the civil rights complaint (1/10/18)

Wisconsin State Journal 1/9/18
Madison-area lawmakers: Lack of transit access to new DMV location 'alarming'

Wisconsin State Journal 1/4/18
Madison leaders criticize DMV consolidation over potential voting implications

The Capital Times 1/4/18
Madison officials optimistic they'll prevail in federal complaint over relocated DMV service centers

Channel 3000 1/4/18
City of Madison files civil rights complaint about new DMV location

Wisconsin State Journal 1/3/18
Madison files civil rights complaint against state DOT for changing DMV locations

Supporting documentation
Department of Civil Rights Complaint
Supporting Demographic Map
Letter to WisDOT from MPO
Response from WisDOT to MPO
See our Government Responsibilities and Procedures positions page. Scroll to the bottom to see links to documents related to LWVDC advocacy on this area.

Examples of other civil rights complaints/lawsuits over access to voter id
Utah, Navajo Reservations have no DMV
2015 complaint against Alabama for closing DMV offices in majority black counties after instituting strict voter ID law.