In the past few weeks, the new voter ID law has made several appearances in the news. The City of Madison has been working diligently to minimize this road block to our right to vote. We are taking every effort to assist Madison residents in obtaining valid IDs and working to ensure that lines are moving swiftly on Election Day. I continue to believe that the greatest act of defiance to this deliberate law is to bring out a record number of voters on November 4th.
So many great Madisonians have offered to assist others in getting the proper identification to present at the polls. Here are some other ways to help with this effort:
1.) Sign up to be a poll worker at http://www.cityofmadison.com/election/pollWorkers/apply.cfm.
2.) Register early and encourage others to do the same. You can register at any Madison Public Library until October 15th at 5 pm. Early registration helps reduce lines at the polls.
3.) Talk to your circle of family and friends to make sure they have an ID that will be accepted. Visit the city clerk's website at http://www.cityofmadison.com/clerk/PhotoIDDetails.cfm for the full list of acceptable forms of identification. Pay close attention to expiration dates. Certain forms of IDs that have expired after November 6, 2012 will be accepted. All other expired IDs will not.
4.) Get the word out via social media. Feel free to share the infograph at http://www.cityofmadison.com/election/voter/photoID.cfm with your family and friends
5.) Distribute materials including brochures on Voter ID and flyers with Madison Metro routes, to your community. These materials can be picked up in the City Clerk's office.
6.) Offer rides to those who do not have transportation to the DMV, open from 8:30 am to 4:45 pm Monday through Friday, to obtain their free identification card or help them plan their trip via Madison Metro.
Thank you to those of you who have already contacted the city to offer your support and assistance!
Edited 10/2/14 2:40PM