Our League and the work of its members through the Dane County Voter ID Coalition has been featured in the news quite a bit lately. Although our members have done far more than these press accounts cover, it helps to let the public know what we do to defend our democracy.
An extensive article, “Voter ID Lowered Turnout, Studies Show” by Cameron Smith from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism that appeared in Urban Milwaukee, featured Gail Bliss on our senior liaison program and Kathleen Fullin on our outreach to City of Madison provisional voters. The original piece is on WisconsinWatch.org. October 3
Patty Peltekos interviewed vice president Brook Soltvedt and LWVWI voter education coordinator Eileen Newcomer about getting ready to vote on A Public Affair on WORT-FM. October 15
Neil Heinen’s Channel 3000 editorial lauded our Candidates’ Answers. October 23
The Cap Times front page article, “The Epic Vote,” several times mentioned our voter registration drives with their employees. October 24
Andrea Kaminski op-ed published in The Capital City Hues on why people should vote. October 29
Ingrid Rothe, representing our League as co-chair of the Dane County Voter ID Coalition, spoke at an Urban League press conference encouraging African Americans to vote. The event was covered in The Capital City Hues. October 29
The Cap Times article on West High School students organizing to register and vote with help from our League. October 31
Brava magazine featured our League as their nonprofit for the month of November (page 71). November 1
WKOW-TV filmed a segment at the Student Activity Center in-person absentee voting location about the B1G voting challenge. Many League volunteers were pictured assisting voters at this polling place that our League organized and staffed for two weeks. November 2
Julia Gilden was profiled in the Wisconsin State Journal’s Know Your Madisonian feature on November 2
Democracy in Peril: The War on Voting Rights is a CNN special report on voter suppression, focussed on Wisconsin. Ari Berman and UW professors Ken Mayer and Barry Burden were interviewed, and Mayer’s study on voter suppression is explained. Long segments feature Molly McGrath and other coalition members doing voter ID outreach work. Nick Stephanopoulos and Ruth Greenwood, who spoke at National Convention, discussed their role leading the legal team for the Wisconsin partisan gerrymander case, Gill v. Whitford. November 2
Ingrid Rothe, co-chair of the Dane County Voter ID Coalition, spoke about voter suppression in Wisconsin on two WORT-FM programs: Labor Hour on November 2 and Her Turn News November 4
NBC 15 reported on UW medical students who assisted hospitalized voters to cast ballots after being trained by LWVDC volunteers. November 6
Brook Soltvedt and Ingrid Rothe were interviewed by Badger Report, a production of UW Journalism students, about the importance of student voting, with a focus on the importance of this election for women.