Kick-Off Event Success

July 18, 2016

League of Women Voters Kick Off “Gear Up To Vote” Campaign July 18 in Madison

A brightly colored mini-van with “Gear Up to Vote” messages was unveiled at the Madison Senior Center, Monday, July 18. Volunteers and staff representing the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, the driving force behind the campaign, are revved up to help citizens with photo ID’s, voter registration, polling locations, and more, throughout the state.

Andrea Kaminski, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, opened the kickoff, followed by brief remarks by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive, and other speakers. Over 40 people attended and voters were registered.

Kaminski said the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin does not want any eligible citizen left behind.

“We want all citizens prepared to cast a ballot and have it counted. The League of Women Voters is doing everything we can to be sure Wisconsin voters are registered, informed and ready with an acceptable photo ID. We want to reduce to zero, if possible, the number of provisional ballots that don’t get counted. If people come to the polls prepared, that will make the voting process smoother and more efficient for all voters.”

The take-it-to-the-road campaign will be making many stops throughout Wisconsin until mid-October, with volunteer members of eighteen local Leagues steering people in the right direction who have questions relating to voting procedures and elections. The tour schedule is posted and will frequently be updated on the website. At each van stop, League volunteers and at least one staff person representing the state League, will be answering questions and disseminating nonpartisan voter information. Residents will be able to check out the van at libraries, neighborhood centers, fairs, farmer’s markets and more, with locations being added on a regular basis, according to Erin Grunze, voter education coordinator for the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin. The plan is to park the “Gear Up to Vote” mini-van at locations where seniors, minorities, college students and residents new to voting can get answers.