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In Defense of Same Day Registration

Mayor Barrett, government and community leaders, speak out against Governor Walker’s proposal to eliminate same day registration

By - Dec 4th, 2012 02:53 pm

Wednesday at 11:00 AM, Mayor Tom Barrett, Neil Albrecht (Executive Director of the City of Milwaukee’s Election Commission), State Rep. Jon Richards, members of the African-American Civic Engagement Roundtable, and community partners will come together to speak out against public comments made by Governor Scott Walker that support the elimination of same day registration in Wisconsin. Walker made the comments while speaking to out-of-state donors in California.

Same day registration is one of the major reasons that Wisconsin has among the highest democratic participation in the nation. Members of the African-American Roundtable will ask that election commissioners and county clerks across Wisconsin speak out publicly against ending same day voter registration.

What: News Conference to highlight the historically high voter participation in Wisconsin and how getting rid of same day registration would limit voters’ access to the polls.

Where: New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 2433 W. Roosevelt Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53209

When: Wednesday, December 5th at 11:00 AM

Participants: Tom Barrett, Mayor of the City of Milwaukee, Neil Albrecht, Executive Director of the City of Milwaukee Election Commission; State Rep. Jon Richards, Mike Wilder, Director of the African-American Civic Engagement Roundtable; Kathy Walker, MICAH Organizer & Chief Election Inspector; Sheila Cochran, Wisconsin Election Protection & Milwaukee Labor Council; & Anita Johnson, Citizen Action of WI Organizer

Photo Opportunities and stand up interviews available

After a brief media conference, participants will encourage residents to sign petitions in favor of keeping Wisconsin’s same day registration law.

Members of the African-American Civic Engagement Roundtable include Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Voices, Wisconsin Election Protection, United Steelworkers, ATU Local 998, The Transit Riders Union, The Advancement Project, The League of Young Voters Education Fund, 9to5 Milwaukee, Urban Underground, True Skool, Reproductive Justice Collective, MICAH, NAACP Milwaukee Chapter, Afro World Enterprises, and the Center for Progressive Leadership.

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