Five Things You Can Do . . .
1. HELP OVERTURN CITIZENS UNITED
Join the national movement to help overturn the disastrous U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC (2010), which stated that corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money to support (or trash) specific candidates. Nineteen states are already on board for amending the U.S. Constitution to proclaim that corporations aren’t persons and money isn’t speech. Let’s bring Wisconsin on board.
And urge your community to pass a resolution in favor of this constitutional amendment, as more than 140 communities in Wisconsin have already done. Read more about these local efforts here.
2. SUPPORT NONPARTISAN REDISTRICTING FOR WISCONSIN
Contact and urge your legislators to support and champion nonpartisan legislative and congressional redistricting modeled after that used in Iowa, as proposed this session in Senate Bill 288 and Assembly Bill 303. Contact chairs of the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection and Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections and demand that they hold public hearings on these bipartisan bills!
Write a letter to the editor urging your local newspaper to publicly endorse these bills.
Also, urge your county board to pass a Fair Maps Resolution in favor of an Iowa Model for drawing new voting districts in Wisconsin, if it hasn’t already (counties in white). If you live in a county that is not also dark purple on this map, please tell your county board supervisor to help introduce and pass a countywide ballot advisory referendum to allow citizens to voice a direct vote in support of this important statewide reform. No more gerrymandering in Wisconsin! Read more here.
3. SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN INTEGRITY PACKAGE
Contact and tell your legislators to co-sponsor and champion the meaningful campaign finance reform bills under the lead of State Senator Chris Larson, which would ban corporations from donating to political parties, reduce by half the total amount of money individuals may contribute to candidates, and force dark money groups to disclose who their donors are.
Read more here: 2019-20 Campaign Integrity Package
4. MAKE IT EASIER, NOT HARDER, TO VOTE
Contact and tell your legislators to expand the franchise rather than making it harder for people to vote. Urge them to adopt automatic voter registration (AVR) introduced this session Senate Bill 293/Assembly Bill 309 and also as part of the Voter's Bill of Rights, SB159. Ten states and the District of Colombia already have AVR: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia. Any citizen who gets a driver’s license, for instance, is automatically put on the voter rolls. A person may “opt out" of DOT's transfer of your information to the state Elections Commission.
5. REENFRANCHISE FELONS
Contact and tell your legislators to end the disenfranchisement of felons and former felons. In two states (Maine and Vermont), people behind bars can vote today. But in many states, like Wisconsin, people can’t vote even after they are let out of jail or prison – not until they are totally “off paper,” which means they no longer are on probation, parole, or supervision. This has disenfranchised more than 60,000 people in Wisconsin.
See more here.