Paul Soglin

With the state’s new voter ID laws now in place, a coalition of community leaders are coming together to launch “Voter ID Month” in Dane County throughout the month of March, ahead of April’s spring election -- including a March 2 press conference at the State Capitol.

The press conference is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, 10 a.m. in the Wisconsin State Capitol’s Senate Parlor Room.

The goals of Voter ID Month are:

• To find and assist voters who do not have a valid ID to vote; and

• To ensure all voters with an ID understand the law and feel confident that they have everything they need to vote under this new law.

A new service that will provide rides to the DMV to get an ID is also being launched with the rollout of Voter ID Month.

Throughout the month, trained volunteers, identifiable by their distinctive "Ask Me About Voter ID" black tshirts, will be reaching out to voters across the county.

These volunteers will answer voters’ ID questions--in person and through hotline; help voters to secure necessary documents; facilitate rides to the DMV and register voters.

Events include informational tables at local businesses, apartment buildings, schools, libraries, food pantries, and large employers. There will also be a phone bank for calling voters and answering their voter ID and registration questions. Online, a social media campaign will help voters understand the new laws and who to contact for help, using the hashtag #IDReadyWI.

The online campaign also includes adding a Twibbon to one's social media profile.

Voter ID Month is being coordinated by VoteRiders and the Dane County Voter ID Coalition. For more information visit voterIDwisconsin.org.

At the press conference featuring local voices launching Dane County Voter ID Month, speakers include:

• Madison Mayor Paul Soglin

• Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl

• Dane County Clerk Scott McDonnell

• Greg Jones, President, Dane County NAACP

• Molly McGrath, National Campaign Coordinator, VoteRiders

• Will Jones, Dane County Coalition Voter ID Coalition Co-Chair; NAACP Dane County Executive Committee

• Ingrid Rothe, Dane County Voter ID Coalition Co-Chair and Vice-President, League of Women Voters of Dane County

• Two local voters and a League of Women Voters representative.

VoteRiders is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that all citizens are able to exercise their right to vote. VoteRiders informs and helps citizens to secure their voter ID as well as inspires and supports on-the-ground organizations, local volunteers, and communities to sustain such voter ID education and assistance efforts.

The Dane County Voter ID Coalition is a Dane County based, nonpartisan coalition dedicated to assisting every eligible Wisconsinite to understand the new voter ID laws and to vote.

The coalition helps voters who may not have an acceptable voter photo ID and arranges for direct assistance to those voters who need help obtaining one.

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