ACLU distributing voter factsheets for recall election


The ACLU of Wisconsin is reminding citizens that a photo ID is not required in the upcoming recall election.

And, with the potential for confusion over new voting rules in the state, the ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation is distributing nonpartisan factsheets – “Know Your Voting Rights: Wisconsin.”

The one-page document, available in English and Spanish, describes answers to the most commonly asked questions about how to vote in the June 5 recall election, including early and absentee rules. The factsheets can be downloaded at

Also, on June 5, voters can call the ACLU’s 1-866-OUR-VOTE to report problems, ask questions or get help to protect their right to vote.

The ACLU is putting an emphasis on the fact that a photo ID is not required for the recall election.

Two state courts have blocked the law requiring photo ID to vote based on lawsuits filed by the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera; the state is appealing those decisions.

Meanwhile, the federal lawsuit that the ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation, the national ACLU and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty filed in December, claiming that the photo ID law unconstitutionally burdens voting rights and discriminates against African-American and Latino voters, is also pending.

– L.N.

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