Protecting our elections to defend democracy.
Wisconsin voters should have free access to safe and secure elections.
Our nonpartisan voter protection program seeks to ensure that every eligible voter who wants to vote can do so, and that every vote is counted accurately. This program is not affiliated with any party, candidate, or issue campaign.
During each election, Common Cause in Wisconsin partners with the nonpartisan Election Protection coalition, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, to provide guidance, information, and help to any American, regardless of who that voter is casting a ballot for.
Election Protection’s highly trained legal volunteers are available to assist voters with any questions or problems, no matter how simple or complex. Voters may call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) toll-free with any questions or issues that may arise. Spanish-speaking voters may seek assistance through the 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682) hotline.
Election Observers/Poll Workers
Trained election observers are an integral part of election protection, as these volunteers play a key role in ensuring Wisconsin elections are safe and secure, and that all eligible voters have free and easy access to the ballot box.
In collaboration with our coalition partners, Common Cause in Wisconsin recruits volunteers to serve as election observers. Our partners at the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin provide training to these volunteers, where they learn answers to voters’ frequently asked questions and have websites and toll-free numbers on hand to direct voters for additional assistance.
Further–to help ensure that polling places across the state have the resources necessary to run smooth, secure elections–we recruit poll workers in areas where local election commissions indicate there is a shortage.
If you’d like to learn more about becoming a poll worker, or want to volunteer as an election observer, please contact us.
Rides to the Polls
If we want our democracy to work, we have to show up. But for those without transportation to the polls, “showing up” can be tough, if not impossible.
Prior to each Fall Election, Common Cause in Wisconsin identifies and recruits organizations and individuals statewide willing to give free rides to the polls on Election Day and/or during the early voting period. We then develop and aggressively promote a statewide “master list” of these ride options.
Our goal is to help ensure that all eligible voters in Wisconsin are able to make their voice heard at the ballot box by raising awareness that help is available in communities across the state.
Our volunteer drivers also receive election protection training and resources (on voter photo ID and same-day registration), so they can make sure their riders are ready to vote when they arrive at their polling place.
Would you like to be a part of our next “free rides to the polls” effort?
Become a volunteer driver within your community–or help us identify individuals or groups in your area willing to pitch in and give someone a ride.