Why You Should Vote in the
Midterm Election

(Redistricting for starters)
By Andrea Kaminski, LWVWI Board of Directors
A basic tenet of our democracy is that election outcomes should represent the will of the people.

Fair voting districts are crucial to ensuring our representatives are responsible to us, the people, and the issues that affect our daily lives.

If you think voters should choose their representatives rather than the other way around, you should vote in the November 6 election. All of the State
Assembly seats will be on the ballot, as well as half the State Senate seats and the Governor’s office. These are the officials who have the power to
reform the way Wisconsin draws voting maps.
Even if they fail to reform the process, this fall’s election will be key to
making the current redistricting system fairer. Those officials elected
to four-year terms will still be in office when the next maps are drawn.
The Senators elected this year will have the ability to vote for or
against the new
districts. The Governor will be able to veto or sign the
maps into law. And the Attorney General will be in a position to defend
the new districts — or not — if they are challenged in the courts.

Elections have consequences, and redistricting is just one reason
why every eligible citizen should participate in the November 6
election. If you vote, you will also have a voice on which party controls
the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the state legislature
and other important offices.

The League of Women Voters believes our nation is stronger when
citizens are informed and active participants in government. The
League is here to help make sure you can cast your ballot.

You need to be registered in order to vote. You can register online
through October 17, by mail through your City Clerk’s Office, in person
when you go to early-vote, or at your polling place on Election Day. You
will need an acceptable photo ID in order to receive a regular ballot. If
you don’t have an acceptable ID on Election Day, you can cast a
provisional ballot at your polling place.

To find information on how to register to vote, what kind photo ID you
need to bring to the polls, how to find your polling place, and to learn
about the candidates and where they stand on the issues, visit the
League’s voter information page on LWVWI.org.

Early voting, has begun and will continue until November 3. Check
with your City Clerk’s Office for locations and hours. You can also vote
absentee by mail, but get started right away because you’ll have to
request a ballot from your Clerk’s office and return it in time. On
Election Day, polls are open from 7a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesday,
November 6.

This November’s Election is an opportunity to help determine the
future of our state and nation.

Take your opportunity to make the issues important to you count at the
ballot box and vote.