Nikiya Harris Dodd
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Supervisor Harris Seeks to Clear Misinformation About Free Birth Certificates For Voter Identification

Supervisor helps to eliminate rumors and misunderstanding about Milwaukee County program that provides up to 5,000 free birth certificates for obtaining ID card for voting purposes.

By - Oct 16th, 2012 02:54 pm

Supervisor Nikiya Q. Harris, District 2, is alerting the public about rumors and misinformation regarding the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds program in which up to 5,000 people can receive a free birth record for the purposes of obtaining an identification card to vote.

While there is a temporary injunction of the law requiring people to present a legal ID in order to vote, Supervisor Harris and others recommend that all voters continue to get the necessary documents in case the injunction is overturned and the law re-imposed.

“People need to know that the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds has not eliminated this important program that helps people get the documentation they need to cast a vote,” said Supervisor Harris. “The program will continue as long as the supply of 5,000 earmarked, free birth certificates remains available in Milwaukee County and while the State of Wisconsin program granting free identification cards for voting purposes continues.”

To apply for a free birth certificate under the program, an individual must complete and submit two forms: Request for Free Birth Record (new form) and the Birth Certificate Application (standard, existing form).

Applicants must be 18 years of age by the date of the fall election, which is November 6, 2012; no free records will be given for persons born after November 6, 1994; only one free birth record will be given per applicant; free birth records will be given only to persons who are current residents of Milwaukee County; and non-residents born in Milwaukee County are not eligible.

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