What a year for voters in Wisconsin! Six statewide elections in ten months, a bitter mining debate and several new laws which threaten democracy in our state. Yet the people were up to the challenge. Wisconsinites voted in record numbers, spoke out at public hearings, wrote to their representatives, and challenged laws that violated our constitution. Thank you for being part of the action!
Despite restrictive new laws, local Leagues across the state registered thousands of voters. Leagues conducted public forums to educate voters and wrote letters to lawmakers and newspapers, calling out attempts to weaken our democracy.
The League won a key court victory in March, resulting in a permanent injunction on the unconstitutional Wisconsin voter ID law. The case is currently in Appeals Court and is likely headed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2013.
Next year is shaping up to bring more challenges! Lawmakers are already talking about taking away same-day registration, politicizing the Government Accountability Board, and instituting a new photo ID law. They are already drafting legislation to make it harder for people to vote – before addressing the need for jobs!
With your help, the League of Women Voters will continue to fight voter suppression in Wisconsin. The League will advocate in 2013 for positive reforms to modernize voter registration and reduce the influence of special interest money in our elections. We will fight to protect our natural resources, as well as citizen input, in our state's mining laws. We will work for a state budget that stewards tax dollars wisely and protects our most vulnerable citizens.
The League needs your support to continue to be a vibrant and visible advocate for good government in Wisconsin. Please make a tax-deductible contribution today. Here are three ways to do it:
1. Designate your gift for the Voter ID Lawsuit. There is still a matching gift challenge until the end of the year!
2. Support the League’s ongoing advocacy and education with a gift to where it’s needed most.
3. Become a sustaining advocate. Setting up a monthly contribution is easy, convenient and secure.
Thank you so much for your all you have done this year to make democracy work in Wisconsin. Our work is cut out for us in 2013, and we can’t do it without you.
Melanie G. Ramey
P.S. You can support both the state League and your local League by checking the“Birthday Club” box when you contribute!
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