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  1. 14 steps to becoming a more involved voter in 2014 Alicia Boehme – Disability Rights Wisconsin Jason Endres – People First Wisconsin John Shaw – Board for People with Developmental Disabilities

  2. Wisdom of Justin Dart Jr. Vote as if your life depends on it – because it does…..

  3. “The most common way people give up power is by thinking they don’t have any” -- alice Walker

  4. 14. Join the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition • http://www.disabilityvote.org

  5. Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition Website/Facebook Page • Emails • Facebook page posts • Resources • Videos • Up-to-date information! • Candidate Forums • JOIN TODAY

  6. 13. Educate yourself on the voting process • What you need to know: • How to do I register to vote? • How can I get an absentee ballot? • Can I vote early? • Where is my polling place? • What do I need to bring when I go vote? • If I have a guardian, can I still vote? • What happens if I live in a nursing home or an institution? • Can I take someone to the polls and help themfill out a ballot? • And may more….

  7. How to find out the answers…. • Voting in Wisconsin: A guide for citizens with disabilities • Guardianship brochure • Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition Website • http://www.disabilityvote.org • Toll-Free hotline at DRW • 800-928-8778 • 888-758-6049 (tty) • My Vote Wisconsin • https://myvote.wi.gov/ • Government Accountability Board Website • http://gab.wi.gov/

  8. Wisconsin Disability Vote CoalitionVideo

  9. 12. Learn about the elections • Who is up for elections? • Spring v Fall • Primary v. General election • Election dates for 2014 • Spring Elections • Non-partisan & local • Judges • Supreme Court Justices • Municipal, county and education officials • Fall Elections • Partisan • State Representatives (every 2 years) • State Senators (every 4 years) • Governor (every 4 years) • Congressperson (every 2 years) • U.S. Senator (every 6 years) • President (4 years)

  10. Election Days 2014 – Mark your calendar • Spring Primary • February 18, 2014 • Spring General Election • April 1, 2014 • Fall Primary • August 12, 2014 • General Election • November 4, 2014

  11. 11. Talk to others about voting • Friends and family • People first groups • Other organizations and support groups • At school • Co-workers • Provider packet

  12. 10. See if your polling place is accessible • Do polling sites need to be accessible? • What does being accessible mean? • Voting Day Accessibility Checklist IDEA: Vote on the accessible machine!!

  13. 9. Run for office • School board, county board, city council • Or get involved in other ways: • City committee • County Committee • Learn local politics

  14. 8. Learn about changes to voting laws and call your legislator • State laws vary widely and make a difference • Same Day Registration: • Wisconsin is a top voter-turnout state • 2010 Presidential Election • United States: 41% VTO • Wisconsin: 52% VTO, Minnesota: 55% VTO • Texas: 32% VTO • Photo ID Law • Current activity at Wisconsin State Capitol • DAWN Website: www.dawninfo.org

  15. 7. Attend a candidates forum • What is a candidate forum? • Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition has sponsored them… • Wisconsin Eye • Summary of event

  16. 6. Volunteer on a campaign • If you feel strongly, get involved! • If you work for them they may be more likely to work for you! • Make calls • Drop off literature • Establish a relationship

  17. 5. Become a poll worker • It pays! • Ask to break into shifts.

  18. 4. Learn where your candidates stand on the issues • What are the issues for you? • State level issues • Federal level issues • Local level issues • How do I find out? • Wisconsin Vote: http://wisconsinvote.org/ • League of Women Voters http://www.lwvwi.org/ • Call the candidate and ask • TV • Websites • Newspapers • Facebook page • BEWARE: Sort out truth

  19. 3. Take someone to the polls • Are you allowed to drive someone to the polls? • Can you help someone to vote? • Can you tell someone how to vote?

  20. 2. Register to vote • Find out if you are registered to vote • Residency: 28 consecutive days • Ways to register to vote: • By Mail: • At the municipal clerks office • At the Polling Place • Special Registration Deputy

  21. And the number one thing you can do in 2014 is…..

  22. # 1 = Vote

  23. ACAP Video http://youtu.be/BCYAhraBDPw

  24. What will you promise to do?

  25. QUESTIONS?