by Matthew Rothschild, Executive Director
November 20, 2018
This Thanksgiving, I want to take a moment to give thanks to all the organizers in Wisconsin who worked so hard to turn out so many voters on November 6.
Wisconsin had a record turnout for a mid-term election. Almost 60 percent of eligible voters cast ballots, topping the old record set in 2014 of 55 percent. (In the last 70 years, the lowest mid-term turnout was 38.65 percent in 1990. From 1974 until 2006, the rate never reached 50 percent.)
Turnout in Dane County was up 17 percent from four years ago, and up 14 percent in Milwaukee County. Turnout among young people and people of color across the state was also reportedly much higher than in 2014.
None of this happened by accident. It was the result of tremendous work by thousands of dedicated organizers and dozens of organizations.
Here are some of the groups that made the difference:
ACLU of Wisconsin
Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC)
Citizen Action of Wisconsin
Common Cause in Wisconsin (which offered free rides in Milwaukee)
League of Women Voters of Wisconsin
Souls to the Polls
Voces de la Frontera
Everyone who helped register people to vote, everyone who helped drive people to the polls, everyone who knocked on doors and made phone calls, everyone who nagged and dragged their reluctant adult children to the polls, and anyone and everyone who inspired people to vote, you have my thanks this Thanksgiving Day.