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LWV of Milwaukee County is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization that encourages
informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public
policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.



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August 13th: Partisan Primary Election
November 5th: General Election

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Redistricting Update: Fair Maps at Last!
Statement from the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin:

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Madison, Wis. -- Today, the Wisconsin State Legislature passed the maps Governor Evers sent to the Supreme Court for consideration in Clarke v. WEC. When the Governor signs them, this will be a win for the people of Wisconsin and the fair maps movement. The Governor’s maps dismantle the 2011 partisan gerrymander, which guaranteed a dominant majority in the Legislature and thwarted the will of the people. For more than a decade, these maps have undermined Wisconsin’s progressive governing history, making elected officials unaccountable to their constituents in favor of big money donors and party agendas. Under the Governor’s maps, Wisconsin voters will pick their elected officials - not the other way around. 
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Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition: Statement on Voting Rights of Wisconsin Care Facility Residents


In Wisconsin, approximately 17,500 individuals reside in nursing homes; thousands more reside in adult family homes (AFHs), community-based residential facilities (CBRFs), and residential care apartment complexes (RCACs). The voting rights of these residents are no different than any other Wisconsinite: every person eligible to vote in Wisconsin, regardless of their living situation, maintains that eligibility unless a court determines they are not legally competent and removes their right to vote. The reasons people live in care facilities are varied. Regardless of the reason for or length of stay in a care facility, the voting rights of these residents are retained unless a court determines otherwise. Affirming and supporting the voting rights of care facility residents is a priority for the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition, and we welcome the opportunity to provide education and support to individuals, families, communities, and organizations – including care facilities – across the state regarding these issues.


View the full statement here.



Electronic Absentee Voting for Voters with Disabilities 


Disability Rights Wisconsin and the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, represented by Stafford Rosenbaum LLP and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, filed suit in Dane County Circuit Court, seeking to address an absentee voting procedure that unlawfully discriminates against voters with disabilities. The lawsuit seeks an order enjoining certain Wisconsin statutes that block voters with disabilities from receiving, marking, and returning their absentee ballot electronically.


Wisconsin’s Constitution provides that: “All votes shall be by secret ballot.” Wis. Const., art. III, § 3. But many voters with disabilities cannot reliably travel to a polling place and cannot personally fill out a paper absentee ballot, meaning they are routinely forced to disclose the substance of their vote to third-parties when marking their ballots. The cure to this constitutional violation is readily available: voters with disabilities often have adaptive technology that they use every day that can be used to mark an absentee ballot in a manner that is both private and independent. Thirteen states have also expanded their electronic absentee ballot programs to allow voters with disabilities to return their voted absentee ballots by email or through an online portal.


More information here


Election Protection Hotline: 866-OUR-VOTE | Wisconsin Voter Helpline: 608-285-2141
Disability Rights WisconsinVoter Hotline1-844-347-8683


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Adopt the Equal Rights Amendment
Adopt the Equal Rights Amendment

From the League of Women Voters National Website:

 

"LWVUS has supported and pushed for ratification of the ERA since it was first passed by Congress in 1972. Leagues across the country have worked to engage lawmakers and organize at the grassroots level to ensure equal rights for all, regardless of sex.

 

Learn more about the Equal Rights Amendment and why it's important.

 

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Report & Recommendations: Police Policy & Practices in Milwaukee
Report & Recommendations: Police Policy & Practices in Milwaukee
The Police Accountability and Community Safety Committee (PACS) published a report in Sept 2021 titled "A Clarion Call for Change: Report and Recommendations on the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission".

 

Learn More Here

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Statement on Reproductive Rights
Statement on Reproductive Rights
The League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women, each founded more than 100 years ago, are devoted to empowering women to chart their life course. Central to this fundamental freedom is the right to decide if and when to parent – decisions that profoundly impact all aspects of life: physical and mental health, family stability and well being, and economic and educational opportunity and destiny.

 

The SCOTUS decision is an assault on longstanding, hard-won reproductive rights. It will have far-reaching repercussions for all Americans. The 1849 state law – passed 71 years before women had the right to vote! – does not even have exceptions for rape or incest. This comes at a time when the U.S., compared to other developed countries, is a nation with high maternal and infant mortality rates, a high child poverty rate, no guaranteed access to health care or child care, no guaranteed paid maternity leave, and where two-thirds of minimum-wage workers are women. The right to a safe abortion is also a matter of racial and economic justice, as limits on access to reproductive health services disproportionately impact Black, Brown, and low-income communities. 

 

A pregnant person is not a mere vessel. The course of every pregnancy is unpredictable and carries risks to health and life. Dangerous complications can occur suddenly, when medical decisions must be made quickly. Government has no place in a person’s reproductive decisions, other than to ensure access to affordable, quality health care, including birth control and the privacy to make reproductive choices.

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Climate and Equity Plan
Climate and Equity Plan

The League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County enthusiastically supports the City of
Milwaukee’s Climate and Economic Equity Plan. After advocating for its approval at
committee levels and with Milwaukee’s Common Council, we applaud Mayor Johnson’s
signing the Plan in June 2023. The City’s Plan promises to address local inequities and climate change, creating a resilient Milwaukee and helping address the existential dangers already threatening humans and all life on planet Earth.

 

The League deeply appreciates the work of the City-County Climate and Economic Equity Plan since its inception in 2019. We also commend the City’s current leadership for pushing forward the City’s overarching and visionary Plan. The latter is a workable template for locally addressing climate change and economic equity. It promises to move the City toward an inclusive and economically and environmentally viable future. Finally, we greatly value the City’s leadership; it offers 

momentum for adoption of the City-County Plan by Milwaukee County and the County’s 18 remaining municipalities. 

 

Many League Social Policy and Natural Resources positions support the goals of the City’s Climate and Equity Plan. At the same time, the League clearly understands the significant challenges of the Plan:

- reducing community-wide net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 45% by the year 2030 and achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner.

- reducing racial and income inequality through the creation of permanent living wage
green jobs for people who live in the most impoverished Milwaukee neighborhoods. 

 

The 10 Big Ideas of the Plan summarize its goals and offers solutions to the challenges faced. 

 

The League understands that meeting these ambitious goals will take a practical “all of the above” strategy that includes utilizing existing programs at every level of government, collaborating with electric power interests and committing sufficient financial resources in each budget to these programs. 

 

The thorough, well-conceived 10 Big Ideas of the Plan provide the conceptual nexus to solve many local issues and contribute to the long-term health of our City’s economy and of all the people who live here. We must move now to address climate change and local economic inequities. Time is short! We have a Plan! Let’s move forward with the Plan.

 

Learn More Here!


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National Popular Vote Interstate Compact
National Popular Vote Interstate Compact
The National Popular Vote Interstate Commerce (NPVIC) is an agreement among U.S. states to assure the election of the U.S. president by the national popular vote.  It will become activated when states that together account for 270 (the majority needed to win) of the 538 Electoral College votes join the Compact. To date, states accounting for 205 Electoral College votes have passed the law, so we are only 65 electoral votes away. If Wisconsin joined the NPVIC, it would add 10 more Electoral College votes (every state has one vote for each of its U.S. senators and members of Congress). In our nation's history, there have been five presidents who won the Electoral College vote, but lost the popular vote. NPVIC ensures that the president is the person who wins the popular vote, and that every vote, in every state, counts the same in electing the president.   

Learn More Here.

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Statement on Redistricting in WI
Statement on Redistricting in WI








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