Tell your Elected Officials to Stop Proposed Voter Suppression Bills
The Wisconsin State Legislature has recently introduced a package of bills that would radically alter the state’s absentee voting process by implementing a series of new rules which would make voting by mail and voting as indefinitely confined significantly less accessible.
The policies would also usher in a wave of sweeping changes specifically for voters who are indefinitely confined, who would be required to request absentee ballots, swear under oath that they are eligible to claim indefinitely confined status, and – if they are under 65 – receive written consent by a medical professional verifying that they qualify. Current laws allow people to self-report their indefinitely confined status if they have a disability that makes it difficult for them to leave their homes and vote independently. Those who fall into this category are currently exempted from standard photo ID laws and receive absentee ballots automatically through the mail.
One of the policies would even make it against the law for employees working at nursing homes to encourage residents to vote, and another would revoke an individual’s accommodations if they were accused of not seeming indefinitely confined, a rule that would even extend to a person’s appearance on social media.
If enacted, these bills would make voting more difficult for Wisconsin’s most disenfranchised communities: people of color, people with disabilities, senior citizens and those who are indefinitely confined.
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