As election nears, public campaign seeks to help voters meet state’s photo ID requirement

Wisconsin State Journal

As the Nov. 6 election nears, a voting rights campaign is ramping up efforts to help voters comply with Wisconsin’s requirement to show a photo ID at the polls.

The campaign has enlisted at least 500 volunteers for its efforts, which include door-to-door canvassing to speak directly to voters about the requirement. At least 10,000 residences have been canvassed so far, with more scheduled, in cities including Madison, Milwaukee, Beloit, Racine and Kenosha. The campaign also is posting ads online and on billboards and public buses, according to the campaign’s organizer, Molly McGrath. And it has created a hotline and website to share details of how to meet the ID requirement.

All Voting Is Local is a collaboration of groups including the ACLU, the Leadership Conference of Civil Rights, Campaign Legal Center, American Constitution Society and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. Dane County also contributed $45,000 to the campaign to help fund outreach efforts within the county.

McGrath is a veteran of Wisconsin’s voter ID battle, having worked during the 2016 cycle with the national voting-rights organization VoteRiders.

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