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Advocacy

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Voter Registration Resources

The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods (LWVNOW) initially introduced an innovative set of voter registration tools called the Voter Education and Registration Assistance Project (VERAP) to libraries in the chapter’s home counties of Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas. The tools are, however, available online for any public, academic or secondary school library that wants to set up a voter registration station.

The primary project goal is offering community members an additional location where they can self-register to vote and learn what else they need when they vote.

In 2019, WVLS provided all member libraries and the Marathon County Public Library branches with copies of the VERAP resource notebook, and two sizes of instructional notebooks linked below, along with quantity of How to Register and Vote brochures. LWVNOW relays periodic updates regarding changes to Wisconsin voting statutes resulting in notebook updates through WVLS staff to member libraries.

Downloadable tools include an Instructional Notebook for patrons to use at library computers for self-registering to vote, either online at www.myvote.wi.gov  or via paper registration, as well as a Resource Notebook containing up-to-date information on the many questions voters frequently ask: When is the next election? Where do I vote? How can I vote absentee? Who are the candidates on my ballot? Who is my municipal clerk? What is an acceptable proof of my residence? and what can I use as my photo ID? A simplified Instructional Notebook can be adapted to sit beside public computer stations.

The Notebooks are available on the LWVNOW Voter Information webpage

*To print a reduced size copy of the brochure on letter size paper, choose double sided copy flipped on the short edge from print menu options.

LWVNOW, a chapter of the US and Wisconsin League of Women Voters, is a nonpartisan political organization that neither supports nor opposes candidates for office at any level of government. VERAP was inspired by collaborations between the Kenosha Public Library and their City Clerk’s office; and by the LWV of Milwaukee County, Milwaukee School District and the Milwaukee Elections Commission.  The intent is to distribute VERAP tools statewide.

More Voter Registration Information

 

 National Voter Registration Day. September 22, 2020. It’s an opportunity for community volunteers and organizations to spotlight educating and assisting voters who are not registered or need to update their registration to reflect an address or name change. Librarians do that all year long!

My Vote Wisconsin

 MyVote Wisconsin is a one-stop website for everything Wisconsin voters need to know about when, where, and how to participate in our democracy. Find information about election dates, polling places, what will appear on the ballot, voter registration, absentee voting, and how to contact your municipal clerk.  In addition, military voters and permanent overseas voters may use MyVote Wisconsin to request and receive an absentee ballot online.

Bring It to the Ballot

Bring it to the Ballot is the official website explaining what photo ID Wisconsin voters need to bring along to vote on Election Day.  Find out which photo IDs are acceptable, how to get a free photo ID if you need one, and what the exceptions are to the photo ID requirement.

More general information  for Wisconsin voters is found at the Wisconsin Elections Commission and the State of Wisconsin Ethics Commission websites.

VOTE411 is committed to ensuring voters have the information they need to successfully participate in every election. Whether it’s local, state or federal, every election is important to ensuring our laws and policies reflect the values and beliefs of our communities.  Sponsored by the League of Women Voters Education Fund. 

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Additional Advocacy Resources
Keeping Your Library Neutral

Keeping yourself and your collection politically neutral ensures that you are in good ethical standing and exemplifies one of the missions of libraries: to provide the greatest amount of access to as much diverse materials as possible.

Political Ethics: Keeping Your Library Neutral by Andrew Hart 10/19/2016

The article addresses ways of expressing bias, librarians as public servants, library ethical codes, evaluating your collection, and evaluating your library services (advertisements, displays, programs).

Resources

WVLS Libraries Transform Project

Library Legislative Day 2020 Sen. Kathy Bernier with Tom Bobrofsky, Louis Olszewski and Guest

WVLS Trustees Louise Olszewski and Tom Bobrofsky, Nancy Amacher (Withee Public Library Board), with 23rd District Senator Kathleen Bernier at 2020 Library Legislative Day.

WVLS librarians are continuing to provide legislators serving districts that include all or portions of WVLS counties with opportunities to learn more about the way Wisconsin libraries transform their communities. Funding to support WVLS and its sister public library systems across Wisconsin is appropriated through the biennial state budget process. A new state budget will be written in 2021.

The Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) began its Libraries Transform! poster project in 2016 as part of the association’s 125th Anniversary, and as a vehicle for building relationships between legislators and libraries. WLA’s goal is to create and maintain a complete set of legislative posters for display in local libraries. The project is based on the American Library Association’s Libraries Transform Campaign.

Library Legislative Day 2018 Laurie Ollhoff, Rep. Snyder, and Mike Otten

Pictured are 85th District Rep. Pat Snyder with WVLS Trustee Mike Otten and T.B. Scott Free Library Assistant Director Laurie Ollhoff at 2018 Library Legislative Day.

The large library card featured on each poster includes logos from all the public library systems across Wisconsin. It is symbolic of the fact that legislative districts frequently include portions of counties from more than one public library system.

Completed Posters are available for these WVLS area Legislators: Representatives Edming, Felzkowski, Kulp, Mursau, Snyder, Spiros, Swearingen, and Senators Petrowski and Bernier.

Additional copies of each poster may be purchased for display at local libraries (a friendly welcome when legislators return for a listening session or office hours) for $20 by contacting the WLA office at 608-245-3640 or wla@wisconsinlibraries.org .

Send us your “Libraries Transform!” News! 

Do you have stories or photos of legislators’ visits to your library to share? Do you have questions about the Libraries Tranform! poster project? Contact Kris Adams Wendt at kawendt@wvls.org.

Felzkowski Transform Poster

Rep Mary Felzkowski

 

Swearingen Transform Poster

Rep Rob Swearingen

Jerry Petrowski Libraries Transform Poster 2016

Senator Jerry Petrowski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rep Edming Libraries Transform Poster

Rep Jim Edming

Rep Spiros Libraries Transform Poster

Rep John Spiros

Rep Snyder Libraries Transform Poster

Rep Pat Snyder

Rep Mursau Libraries Transform Poster

Rep Jeffrey Mursau

Rep Kulp Libraries Transform Poster

Rep Bob Kulp

Bernier - Senate Dist 23

Rep Kathy Bernier

Rep. Jesse James Assembly 68

Rep Jesse James

LISTING OF STATE LEGISLATORS SERVING WVLS MEMBER LIBRARIES IN CLARK, FOREST, LANGLADE, LINCOLN, MARATHON, ONEIDA AND TAYLOR COUNTIES

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