NAMI Wisconsin is concerned about the following bills because they will make it harder for some people who live with a mental illness to vote: SB 204, SB 205, SB 206, SB 209. We are especially concerned about the impact on those who vote as “indefinitely confined” voters, as well as residents of group homes and nursing homes. So many amendments have been introduced this week and there has been no opportunity for public comment. These are major changes that could limit the voting rights of hundreds if thousands of Wisconsin voters – more time is needed.
We ask you to slow down the process and not advance legislation that could create new barriers. NAMI Wisconsin would like to work with legislators to advance bills that will ensure our elections are more accessible and inclusive of voters of all abilities.