Today is National Voter Registration Day, and there are a ton of great ways to celebrate and encourage voting today! I'm sure I don't have to tell you, but voting is an important way to making sure your voice is heard, and it's one of the best ways to help facilitate change! Wisconsin won't have an election for the rest of the year, but now is a great time to make sure you're prepared come 2022 when we have a lot of important elections!
Here are some things you can do today to encourage voting and making sure you're doing your part in our democracy:
Even if you are registered, make sure you're information is updated!
It's always good to double check, and with the stress of moving or even a wedding (and hence a name change), it's easy to forget to update your voter registration info. Go ahead and check in to make sure everything is updated. You might not even be registered! In Wisconsin, if you haven't voted for a certain period of time, you'll automatically lose your registration status. It doesn't hurt to check!
Get registered, or help a friend register!
If you're not registered, today is literally THE day to do it! Even if you've missed out on some past elections, it doesn't mean you don't still have time to contribute. The process is simple, and all you have to do is provide a license and a piece of mail or a lease to prove your place of residence. My Vote WI does a great job of helping to guide you through the process, and you can always talk to someone there if you need more help.
Also check in with your friends and family to see if they're registered. If not, you can help them through it! We know that everyone's voice matters when it comes to lawmaking that affects all of us, and we've seen cases where even a small amount of votes have swayed an election. Make sure those around you know how important their representation matters.
Sign up to become a poll worker
I've done this in past elections, and it's a great way to take that extra step towards helping out with the voting process. Especially with COVID-19, many areas have needed more poll workers to replace some of the retired older folks who usually help out.
You can either volunteer your time, OR you can apply to work for pay. You'll just need to submit an extra piece of paperwork, but you can totally be paid for your time! For Madison, the pay is $13.86/hour.
Sign up by visiting your city clerk's website. Here's a link to the Madison clerk.