Lipscomb Proposes Additional Resources for Voter Registration and Education
MILWAUKEE – County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., is proposing that Milwaukee County supplement voter registration and education efforts in the wake of recent attempts to purge approximately 200,000 Wisconsin voters from election rolls.
“We must do everything we can to protect the right to vote, especially in the wake of ongoing voter suppression efforts in Wisconsin and Milwaukee County. By providing these funds we can help ensure that voters know their rights and are registered to vote,” said Lipscomb.
In advance of the 2020 elections, the Milwaukee County Clerk and the Election Commission plan to encourage voter participation and educate voters about registration requirements via advertisements on county buses and bus shelters, in movie theaters, local newspapers, and on broadcast radio.
The City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County are also collaborating on the placement of voter registration kiosks at public facilities throughout the county, which potential voters can use to print registration forms and receive instructions on how to submit the required documents.
Lipscomb’s resolution directs the County Clerk and Elections Commission to report to the Board of Supervisors in advance of the 2020 elections regarding additional efforts that could be made to improve voter registration and education.
Additional efforts could include direct mailings to potentially purged voters with instructions on how to update their voter status, additional voter registration kiosks, partnerships with voter outreach groups, and voter registration drives.
If Lipscomb’s proposal is adopted, $50,000 would be provided to boost these efforts.
The Finance and Audit Committee will consider Lipscomb’s proposal on January 30. The Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on the item on February 6.