City of Milwaukee Celebrated
September 27, 2016
Mayor Tom Barrett was joined by the City of Milwaukee Election Commission, staff from Milwaukee Public Libraries and voting rights leaders to celebrate National Voter Registration Day (NVRD).
The event recognized the opportunity for City of Milwaukee residents to register to vote or update their voter registration in anticipation of the upcoming November 8 Presidential Election.
“In an effort to make voter registration easy and accessible to all residents of Milwaukee, we offer voter registration at Milwaukee’s neighborhood-based libraries,” Mayor Barrett said. “Libraries are open in the evenings and often on weekends, when residents find it more convenient to register.”
The Mayor was joined by members of several community groups with a proven dedication to encouraging registration and voter participation, including the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Voices, Milwaukee Asian American GOTV Committee, Citizen Action, Vote Riders, Supermarket Legends, Wisconsin Jobs Now, Planned Parenthood and Grassroots South Shore.
“Inspiring qualified electors – particularly in communities that have often been underrepresented in voting – takes a community-wide effort,” said Neil Albrecht, Election Commission Executive Director. “We applaud the dedication of the many groups that work tirelessly to register voters and promote voter participation.”
The Election Commission projects that approximately 75,000 Milwaukee residents will register prior to the Presidential Election or on Election Day. In addition to registration opportunities through library branches, the City’s Special Registration Deputies (SRDs) will be conducting voter education and registration throughout the city, including school campuses, at neighborhood markets and community health centers.
NVRD is considered the largest one-day effort to register voters in the United States. It was founded in 2012 in response to over six million Americans reporting that they did not vote as a result of missing the registration deadline or not knowing how to register. More than 2,000 organizations across the country will join forces on September 27, 2016, to implement grassroots voter registration programs in an effort to ensure every eligible voter has an opportunity to register and vote in the 2016 election.
Voters are able to register at any City of Milwaukee Public Library, by mail, or through a SRD up until Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Voters who register prior to the election will have a faster voting experience on Election Day.
Additionally, voter registration can occur during In-Person Absentee Voting, which begins on Monday, September 26, at the Zeidler Municipal Building and will expand to Midtown Center and Forest Home Library on October 10. Voters are able to register and vote at any of the three locations.
Residents may also register at their polling place on Election Day. Wisconsin is only one of 13 states in the United States offering same-day registration. Approximately 20% - or one in five – Milwauke
The November 8 Presidential Election is the last General Election in Wisconsin that will allow the participation of Special Registration Deputies (SRDs) to conduct voter registration. The SRD program was eliminated by the Wisconsin Legislature through the 2015 Wisconsin Act 261.
In-Person Absentee Voting began on Monday, September 26, at the Zeidler Municipal Building, 841 N. Broadway and 830 N. Market St.
Voting at two additional sites, the Midtown Center and the Forest Home Library, began on Monday, October 10.
For a complete schedule, please visit the Election Commission’s website at www.milwaukee.gov/election and click the link for In-Person Absentee Voting.