Wisconsin

Wisconsin

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, grassroots, political organization established in 1920 that advocates for informed and active participation in government. Our members are women and men who work to improve our systems of government and impact public policies through education and advocacy. 

The League neither supports nor opposes candidates for office at any level of government. At the same time, the League is wholeheartedly political and works to influence policy through advocacy. 

Are you looking to get involved? Join us to make democracy work in Wisconsin!

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In criticizing Gov. Evers’ redistricting commission in an October 3 article, “Holder addresses Wisconsin redistricting panel,” Rep. Robin Vos referred to the League of Women Voters as a “liberal organization.”

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[MADISON, Wis.] - The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin (LWVWI) reminds voters across the state they can receive help from local nonpartisan experts in advance of the November Election by calling or texting the Voter Helpline at

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The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin is seeking a qualified intern to join us through December 2020. This is a limited term position, with a stipend. Details are below.

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Oct 12 2020 - 9:00am
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Are patrons putting absentee ballots in your library's book drop?

Are you wondering how your library could be a polling place?

Are patrons confused about the absentee ballot process and timeline to vote by mail?

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The Wisconsin election on April 7 demonstrated the chaos that can ensue when decision makers are not prepared for unexpected challenges.

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Event Date: 
Oct 3 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Mark your calendars for a powerful, packed afternoon online!
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 22, 2020

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(Madison, Wis) Para ampliar el alcance de su información personalizada hacia el votante, la Liga de mujeres votantes de Wisconsin (LWVWI por sus siglas en inglés, N.del T.) ha publicado recientemente su guía en VOTE411.org en inglé

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[MADISON, Wis.] - To expand the reach of its personalized voter information, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin (LWVWI) recently published its fall voter guide on VOTE411.org

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Sep 22 2020 (All day)

The League of Women Voters is proud to be a part of National Voter Registration Day on September 22. 

We may not be hitting the streets this year, but we’re still working hard to register voters!

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Sep 30 2020 - 7:00pm
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The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Fair Maps Working Group began meeting in the summer of 2019 and has created a Fair Maps Toolkit and recently finalized its campaign slogan.

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Last week, after Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times by a police officer in Kenosha, Governor Tony Evers signed an Executive Order to convene a Special Session on police accountability and transparency.

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Action Alerts

America is facing a record shortage of poll workers this year due to the coronavirus. Our democracy depends on ordinary people who make sure elections run smoothly and everyone's vote is counted.

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[MADISON, Wis.] - Yesterday, and today, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin (LWVWI) sent letters to members of the Wisconsin State Legislature, encouraging representatives to participate in the Governor’s special session on pol

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As part of the Wisconsin Centennial Suffrage Celebration, members of the Governor's 19th Amendment Centennial Committeerecorded and submitted video messages to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.

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In June 2020, the Center for Nonprofit and Community Studies at the University of Wiscosnin - Madison released a report titled, "Civic Health of Wisconsin: Connectedness in Context."

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Action Alerts

In light of the COVID-19 virus, school districts are struggling to make decisions about the upcoming school year. Public education has generally been afforded significant local control. Most legislation and regulation provide the locally ele

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To celebrate the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment being added to the Constitution on August 26th, the Wisconsin Historical Society, along with First Lady Kathy Evers, are posting a video series on social media that takes the viewer through the history of the suffrage movement celebrating the stories of Wisconsin women and their fight for voting rights.

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Organization commits to educate, engage and inspire community about voting process.

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Amid growing opposition, Enbridge Energy recently decided not to seek the power to condemn private property rights along a proposed route for a new segment of Line 5. All indications are that the multi-national energy company intends to pursue the project, which means that the Bad River Watershed, Lake Superior, and communities across northern Wisconsin remain vulnerable to the harms caused by the construction and continued operation of Line 5.

Event flyer for the Virtual Women's Suffrage Centennial Event
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Aug 26 2020 - 12:00pm
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Statewide

Please join us in a celebratory ringing of bells at noon on August 26 to recognize the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, just as was done statewide in August of 1920 to celebrate women's enfranchisement.

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La Liga de Mujeres Votantes de Wisconsin y nuestros socios de la Coalición de Protección Electoral están llevando a cabo esta encuesta para aprender de la experiencia de los votantes tras las elecciones del 11 de agosto de 2020. Si responde, Ud. nos ayudará a conocer su experiencia con el voto y cualquier desafío que haya experimentado.

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The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and our Election Protection Coalition Partners are conducting this survey to learn from voters about their voting experience for the August 11, 2020 election. If you answer, it will help us learn about your voting experience and any challenges you experienced.

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The League of Women Voters appreciates the Governor’s Executive Orders 32 and 52, relating to the Climate Crisis. The leadership of the Governor and Lt. Governor is moving Wisconsin forward by directly addressing the Climate Emergency unfolding before us.

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On July 29, a mandate was issued by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in the “One Wisconsin Institute” case. The court issued its decision on June 29 after the case had been on appeal since 2016.

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For the Fall Elections, many organizations in Wisconsin are seeking individuals to help secure safe and fair elections. See the position descriptions below for more information.

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[MADISON, Wis.] - El 27 de julio, la Liga de mujeres votantes de Wisconsin (LWVWI) publicó en su sitio web su guía para las elecciones de otoño en español, para garantizar que los votantes de Wisconsin que hablan español tengan información esencia

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 [MADISON, Wis.] - On July 27, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin (LWVWI) published its fall voter guide in Spanish on its website to ensure Wisconsin voters who speak Sp

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[MADISON, Wis.] – On Monday, July 13, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin (LWVWI) filed an amicus curiae brief in the Wisconsin Supreme Court to protect voters from being erroneously removed from polling lists of registered voters.

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Member's Spotlight

LWV Dane County Pivots to Virtual Forums

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Event Date: 
Aug 11 2020 - 7:00am to 8:00pm

Are you ready for Election Day on August 11? 

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[MADISON, Wis.] – Despite the heroic efforts of municipal clerks preparing and mailing out an unprecedented number of absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s April 7 election (more than 1.2 million ballot requests were made), the system ex

VOTE411 Election Information You Need
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[MADISON, Wis.] - To provide Wisconsin voters with essential information about the upcoming Partisan Primary on August 11, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin (LWVWI) has published our fall voter guide on

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(MADISON, Wis.) – Wisconsin voters encountered widespread confusion and numerous obstacles to voting during April’s statewide elections, a report issued today by Wisc

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Out of concerns for public health and safety in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin is encouraging all voters to learn more about their absentee and early voting options. 

It was either show up and risk your health or lose your right to vote
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WISCONSIN—Following Tuesday’s Spring election, in which hundreds of thousands of voters experienced ballot shortages, long lines, confusion, and the choice between their health and their constitutional right to vote, th

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LWVWI and our Election Protection Coalition partners want to hear from you about your experience voting in the April 7 Election. If you can, please fill out and share this form.

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Today, March 27, 2020, the Governor has called on the Legislature to provide absentee ballots to all registered voters.

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MADISON – Today, the Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and four registered Wisconsin voters filed a lawsuit in the U.S.

Voting in a time of Coronavirus
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This is a challenging time. It’s probably safe to assume you’ve shifted your priorities in every aspect of your life. We understand, and we’re with you.

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Your support goes directly to the League's work to protect and defend our democracy. Together we ensure our elections are free, fair and accessible; protect our environment; and reduce the influence of money in our elections.

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Sep 30 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm
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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the Constitution giving women the right to vote and the founding of the League of Women Voters by Carrie Chapman Catt of Ripon, WI, this panel will discuss

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The op-ed linked below ran in The Hill from Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition director Laura Rubin.

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La Liga de Mujeres Votantes invita a todos los votantes a que aprendan mas sobre sus opciones para votar por medio del correo y la votación por adelantado.  

Wisconsin Supreme Court
Public Statement

Response to Court Actions Regarding Voter Purge in Wisconsin

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Testimony

December 17, 2019

To: Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform

Re:  Opposition to Senate Bill 151

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Public Statement

MADISON, WI –  While the League of Women Voters explore legal strategies concerning last Friday's court order to immediately purge 234,000 voters from the rolls, it is important for voters to know they can check their

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Public Statement

League of Women Voters Will Seek to Overturn Court’s Order to Purge 234,000 Voters from the Rolls

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THE TIME FOR REDISTRICTING REFORM IN WISCONSIN IS NOW

By Erin Grunze

LWVWI Election Impact 2018
Blog Post

Read on to learn more about how the League of Women Voters served Wisconsin voters in 2018.

Governor Evers Signs 19th Executive Order
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The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin to serve on the state committee to commemorate Wisconsin’s ratification of the 19th Amendment

Wisconsin Supreme Court
Public Statement

WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT ELECTION: THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF WISCONSIN ASKED THE CANDIDATES FOUR QUESTIONS. WHY ONE WAS ABOUT “RECUSAL?”

By Erin Grunze

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Read on to learn more about election security in Wisconsin - what security measures already exist, new measures being undertaken, and what you can to to help keep our elections secure.

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League in the Spotlight

The twenty local Leagues throughout Wisconsin are busy every day empowering voters and defending democracy in successful and innovative ways. The League in the Spotlight feature is designed to highlight and share unique aspects of their work, one League at a time, in bimonthly email communications to the full membership. Each League feature is now archived here. These programs and events continue to teach, inspire, and showcase the important work League members do in their communities.  

Your support goes directly to the League's work to protect and defend our democracy. Together we ensure our elections are free, fair and accessible; protect our environment; and reduce the influence of money in our elections.

If you live in an area with a local League, you can join and be part of the action in your community. If not, you can join as a member-at-large of League of Women Voters of Wisconsin. Either way, you will be part of a network of women and men who help make democracy work in your community and throughout Wisconsin!