ACLU Statement on Wisconsin Spring Election Results
MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin voters elected Judge Rebecca Dallet to the state supreme court, and—as part of a new effort to inform more voters on the importance of civil liberties issues—the American Civil Liberties Union worked strenuously to engage its members in Wisconsin as well as many thousands more who are part of the ACLU’s statewide network of supporters.
“The results of this election show the importance of voting. By turning out, voters help to set the direction of our state for years to come,” said Chris Ott, executive director of the ACLU of Wisconsin. “But our work is not done. We will continue to focus on turnout and giving voters information about where candidates stand on civil rights and liberties.”
“With civil liberties issues on the line, the ACLU made an unprecedented effort to inform Wisconsin voters on the key issues in the Supreme Court race and get them to the polls. We mailed the results of our candidate questionnaire on such areas as voting rights, criminal justice reform, immigrants’ rights, reproductive freedom, and LGBT rights to more than 40,000 people across the state. ACLU volunteers in cities such as Appleton, Green Bay, Madison, and Milwaukee also made thousands of get-out-the-vote phone calls to make sure these matters were front of mind when voting. Tonight’s results demonstrate that voters are demanding more progress from the court on civil rights and civil liberties,” said Faiz Shakir, national political director of the ACLU.
“Voting in 2018 has only just begun, and elections later this year could potentially change the course of both our state and our country. Those who need help getting the ID they need to vote or getting to the polls—or who want to volunteer to help other voters—can call our Voting Rights Project in Wisconsin at 608-285-2141,” said Molly McGrath, a Madison-based ACLU voting rights attorney and organizer.
The ACLU’s Wisconsin spring election questionnaire is available here:
The ACLU has an ongoing challenge to Wisconsin’s restrictive voter ID law, Frank v. Walker, and is involved in the critical Wisconsin challenge to unfair maps for legislative districts that favor one political party. The U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the mapping case, Gill v. Whitford, this year.
The ACLU does not endorse or oppose any candidate for office. The ACLU’s goal is to promote voter education and voter participation.
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