Save Wisconsin’s Vote

The Campaign to Protect the Right to Vote and Expand Access to the Polls in Wisconsin

The Republican majority in Wisconsin has proven time and again that they will do anything and everything to suppress the right to vote and eviscerate oversight of our elections. This fight is going to take a lot of work, so we’ll be working around the clock to help ensure every legal voter in Wisconsin is able to vote.

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One Wisconsin Now ·
The Voting Rights Act was signed in to law in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to outlaw discrimination in voting laws. Fifty years later in Wisconsin the law is as needed now as it was then in light of racially motivated changes to election laws adopted by Gov. Scott Walker and Republican state legislative majorities, according to One Wisconsin Institute Executive Director Scot Ross.

PR Watch ·
In a lawsuit filed on May 29, plaintiffs including the One Wisconsin Institute and the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Education Fund challenged the many Walker-signed voting restrictions. The complaint alleges that the list of restrictions enumerated above violates the Voting Rights Act, the First Amendment, the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, the Fifteenth Amendment and the Twenty-Sixth Amendment.
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Scot Ross says it’s harder to get a state ID in Wisconsin, in part because DMV offices don’t offer enough hours and locations for people to apply, and the process can require steps. “The disparity between the two states makes voter ID impossible to administer constitutionally,” Ross says.
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One Wisconsin Now ·
One Wisconsin Institute has filed an amicus brief in support of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing an appeal of Wisconsin’s photo identification law, suspended from enforcement by the high court in October 2014. The brief, filed on Monday in the case of Frank v. Walker, exposes how the severe lack of access to Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) offices is a significant barrier to ballot access and enshrines the DMV as a virtual gatekeeper to ballot access for thousands of legal voters.
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One Wisconsin Now ·
 One Wisconsin Now is demanding Gov. Scott Walker publicly apologize for the comments of Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, who claimed at a pro-Walker event in Sheboygan Saturday that “Democrats are doing GOTFV — Get out the fraudulent vote.”

by Cody Oliphant ·
Our new video is targeting voters who care about issues like reproductive rights, student loan debt, marriage equality, minimum wage, worker and minority rights and clean government.
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The Progressive ·
One Wisconsin Now is urging Wisconsin media to donate air time and ad space for photo ID education. “This is a great opportunity for the broadcasters that use the public airwaves to step up and do a great public service, helping ensure legal voters are able to cast their vote in November,” says One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross.

One Wisconsin Now ·
 Mere weeks before the November elections, Gov. Walker and election regulators have chosen to impose a photo ID requirement. Subsequent Republican partisan political games and bumbling by state election regulators endangers efforts to quickly raise awareness of the new requirement. One Wisconsin Now today called on Wisconsin media outlets to donate free airtime and ad space to help publicize the new requirements for voting and how to comply.
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One Wisconsin Now ·
 Today the Federal 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, by a 5-5 vote, decided it will not hear en banc a challenge to the Wisconsin voter ID law. A three judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court previously lifted the injunction on imposition of a photo ID requirement for voting in Wisconsin.

One Wisconsin Now ·
 In an amicus brief filed today with the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case Frank v. Walker, One Wisconsin Institute shares research with the court demonstrating Wisconsin citizens have significantly less access to the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to obtain a state identification than citizens in Indiana. According to One Wisconsin Institute Executive Director Scot Ross, the comparison is critical to differentiating Wisconsin from Indiana, where a split decision by the U.S. Supreme Court upheld that state’s voter ID law.
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On Tuesday, September 16th, our host Carousel Bayrd was joined by Analiese Eicher from One Wisconsin Now, Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl, and Associate Students of Madison Legislative Affairs Chair Tom Gieroke to discuss the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision to reinstate Voter ID.

One Wisconsin's Saul Newton to students: “If you don't have the proper ID to vote, make a plan today to get the ID.” While the full appellate court decides whether to step into the case, clerks across Wisconsin will begin contacting voters who have already submitted absentee ballots. Those people must demonstrate that have a government ID, in order for their ballots to be counted.
Racist Voter Suppression Billboard

One Wisconsin Now ·
Then-Milwaukee County Executive and Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker directed his assistant administrator to “please help him out,” after being asked by Stephen Einhorn for information that was ultimately used in dozens of voter intimidation billboards that were placed around Milwaukee in the weeks leading up to Walker’s election as governor.
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The Nation ·
Republican-appointed judges on the Seventh Circuit overturned an injunction from a Democratic judge blocking Wisconsin’s voter ID law… According to an amicus brief filed by One Wisconsin Institute, 257,000 voting-age Wisconsinites don’t have a car in their household. Moreover, only thirty-three of Wisconsin’s ninety-two DMVs are open full-time during business hours.

One Wisconsin Now ·
 Gov. Scott Walker, who plunged the state to last in the Midwest in jobs on his watch, is touting a “Wisconsin comeback” in his stump speeches and TV ads. As Wisconsin celebrates Women’s Equality Day and the 94th anniversary of passage of the 19th amendment grating women the right to vote, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted the unwelcome “comeback” under Walker of regressive policies that hurt women and their families.

One Wisconsin Now ·
The Wisconsin State Supreme Court’s decision on Gov. Scott Walker’s discriminatory Voter Identification bill utterly ignores the inaccessibility of Department of Motor Vehicles, compared to Indiana, where the law was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. While today’s action will have no immediate effect on voters due to a federal case before the courts, several facts make the state courts ruling all the more alarming.

One Wisconsin Now ·
 The most recent Marquette University Law School poll finds Gov. Scott Walker in a dead heat with all voters and badly trailing his opponent Mary Burke by a 48 to 35 percent margin among younger voters between the ages of 18 and 29. According to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, Walker’s dramatic age gap provides an explanation for why younger voters were targeted in the state with a voter ID law and other onerous new restrictions making it more complicated and difficult for them to vote.

One Wisconsin Now ·
 Does Republican candidate for the job of top cop in the state, Brad Schimel, view the buying and selling of influence, not protecting the rights of the people of Wisconsin as the “essence of representative democracy”? That’s the case based on Attorney General candidate and Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel’s own words in an email responding to One Wisconsin Now’s request he investigate the circumstances surrounding legislation introduced by State Rep. Joel Kleefisch to lower the child support payments of his millionaire campaign contributor.