Celebrate National Voter Registration Day

by Matthew Rothschild, Executive Director

September 25, 2018

Today, Tuesday, Sept. 25, is National Voter Registration Day, and the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign urges everyone in Wisconsin to celebrate this day by making sure you’re registered to vote and by helping others to get registered. You can register right now by going to MyVoteWisconsin. It’s faster than registering at your city clerk’s office or at the voting booth on Election Day (fortunately, Wisconsin still has same-day registration).

You can also do so at the many places where the terrific League of Women Voters of Wisconsin is registering people to vote today. Just go to the National Voter Registration Day website and type in your zipcode to find a registration event near you. (I put in 53703 for Madison and 40 events popped up!)

If you know someone who was a felon and who wonders whether he or she can vote, here’s a handy resource from the Campaign Legal Center: Restore Your Vote.

The last two years in America and eight years in Wisconsin have shown us, in the starkest terms, just how important voting is.

But I don’t like to guilt trip people into voting. I prefer to say that Election Day is the only day of the year when you have the same power as Sheldon Adelson or Richard Uihlein or Diane Hendricks -- or George Soros, for that matter. Politics should not be a game just for the billionaires. Show them who’s boss!

I’m inspired today by the words of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who says that to create substantive change, we need to “reach out to a disaffected electorate and inspire and motivate them to vote.”

So reach out today!