Wisconsin Law Gives ALL Voters The Opportunity To Vote PRIVATELY AND INDEPENDENTLY At The Polling Place.
Wisconsin Statutes incorporate key provisions of the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 into State Law.
The passage of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and subsequent Wisconsin legislation, has changed the legal definition of polling place accessibility to provide all voters the opportunity to vote privately and independently at the polling place.
This will occur by the time of the September 12, 2006 primary election. In addition, every polling place in Wisconsin will be equipped with an accessible voting system by the same time.
Section 261 of the Help America Vote Act provides funds to states to address four accessibility areas:
- Accessibility - Make polling places, including the path of travel, entrances, exits, and voting areas of each polling facility, accessible to individuals with disabilities.
- Privacy and Independence - Provide the same opportunity for access and participation (including privacy and independence) to individuals with disabilities.
- Training - Train election officials, election inspectors, and election volunteers on how best to promote the access and participation of individuals with the full range of disabilities in elections for Federal office.
- Information - Provide individuals with disabilities with information about the accessibility of polling places.
Accessibility Advocacy Groups:
Disability Rights Wisconsin
131 W. Wilson Street, Suite 700
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 800-928-8778 or 608-267-0214
Web site: http://www.disabilityrightswi.org/
National Federation of the Blind – Wisconsin
2502 Elizabeth St
Janesville, WI 53548
Web site: http://www.nfbwis.org
Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities
201 W. Washington Ave., Suite 110
Madison, WI 53703
Phone : 888-332-1677or 608-266-7826
TTY : 608-266-6660
FAX : 608-267-3906
Web site : http://www.wi-bpdd.org