Wisconsin became the 30th state to enter the US on May 29, 1848. The state capital of Wisconsin is Madison and the state’s largest city is Milwaukee. Wisconsin is made up of an area of 65,503 square miles, making it the 23rd biggest state in the US. People who live in Wisconsin are known as Wisconsinites. The state’s major industries include the production of dairy products (butter, cheese and milk), the growing and raising of corn, machinery and paper manufacturing, the making of beer and tourism.
The highest point in the state is Timms Hill, which rises 1,952 feet or 595 meters above sea level. The state, which contains 72 countries, borders the states of Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota. Wisconsin’s name comes from a Native American word, but the derivation is uncertain. Language experts believe the state’s name came from a Chippewa/Ojibwa/Anishinabe word, “Ouisconsin.” The word is translated to “gathering of waters” or “grassy place” in English. The state’s nickname is the Badger State” and the state song is “On, Wisconsin!” The state motto, “Forward,” coincides with the lives of those felons who complete their sentences and regain the right to vote.
Felons regain the right to vote after they complete their sentence and supervised release, including probation and parole. At that time, they are free to re-register to vote.
Felon Voting Law in Wisconsin
According to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB), you must show a valid photo ID, or acceptable substitution, when voting at a polling place or by absentee ballot. Anyone who is convicted of a felony who has not completed their sentence, including supervision, probation, or incarceration cannot vote. Felons only become eligible to vote when they fully complete their sentence, including extended supervision or a term of probation. If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor, you can vote. In addition, voting rights are reinstated if you are pardoned.
If you are “off paper” or have completed your supervision, you do not need to provide special documentation in order to re-register. You just need to show proof of residence and affirm, on your application, that you are no longer under DOC supervision. (Be aware that it is considered a felony to vote while you are still under department of corrections (DOC) supervision for a felony crime).
The Government Accountability Board (GAB) reviews lists of individuals who voted with lists of felons under supervision after each election date. For voting purposes, your residence, if you are incarcerated, is the location where you lived before you were incarcerated. You cannot use a correctional facility or jail address for a residential address.
If you vote by absentee ballot, you need to show an acceptable photo ID for voting. An absentee ballot may be requested by e-mail, fax or mail. A copy of your photo ID should be submitted with the registration request before it is submitted to the electoral municipal clerk.
If you are under work release or monitored by a bracelet, you may have to obtain special permission to get a photo ID in order to vote absentee or vote at the polls on the scheduled election date. To obtain back-up information about your voting rights and the law in Wisconsin, click on this link. It leads to the state’s Government Accountability Board website.
How a Felon in Wisconsin Can Restore Their Voting Rights
To vote in Wisconsin, you need to register to vote. You may begin the process by following this link, then selecting the “Register to Vote” tab from the menu on site’s left-hand side. You may also register in-person at your area’s municipal’s clerk’s office with a registration deputy or at your polling place on a scheduled election date. All voters must show proof of residence and a photo ID when submitting a registration application. Access this link and start the registration process now.
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