Today the Wisconsin Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Teigen v.  Wisconsin Elections Commission. The Court will decide whether Wisconsin law  will protect voters’ ability to return their absentee ballots and will impact the  voting rights of thousands of Wisconsinites with disabilities.  

To elevate the voices of voters with disabilities impacted by these new  restrictions on voting rights, Disability Rights Wisconsin is releasing “Our  Voices, Our Votes. This document shares the concerns and personal stories of  people with disabilities and their family members regarding how these new  restrictions on voting rights have the potential to disenfranchise them and  others like them.  

Many voters with disabilities and older adults must rely on a friend, family  member or care provider to physically place their ballot in the mailbox, or  return it to their clerk or to a secure drop box. The prohibition on absentee ballot return assistance will make it difficult if not impossible for many disabled  

and elderly Wisconsin voters to return their ballots in the manner they have  used for years. 

The right to vote is a sacred constitutional right. Many people with disabilities  fight every day to have a say about what happens in their own lives. They  should not have to fight to have equal access to the fundamental right to vote  that gives us all a say in our government. Federal laws including the Voting  Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act protect their right to vote. 

As a party to the current litigation on this issue, DRW remains optimistic that  when the Wisconsin Supreme Court fully considers the merits and the rights of  voters with disabilities, it will rule in support of these longstanding practices for  absentee ballot return assistance. 

  • Link to Our Voices, Our Votes: content/uploads/2022/04/Our-Voices-Our-Votes-4-2022.pdf
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