Mar 11 DRW Asks Wisconsin Election Commission to Take Action
Voting is an important civil right. Today, DRW’s Barbara Beckert and other disability advocates asked the Wisconsin Election Commission (WEC) to act to protect the rights of voters with disabilities by supporting legislative changes to the requirement for Wisconsin voters to state their name and address to receive a ballot. Some voters cannot state their name and address due to disability or medical condition; Wisconsin law does not require a disability related accommodation for these voters. The WEC agreed to support legislative changes to allow voters with disabilities to receive assistance from an election inspector or another individual to satisfy the statutory requirement to state the voter’s name and address before receiving a ballot. DRW and the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition will work with the WEC on a plan to educate election officials, poll workers, and voters. See DRW’s comments to the WEC.