Introduction to 2020 Voter Education Materials

 

clerk toolkit webinar Working with a local advertising agency, the Wisconsin Elections Commission has produced a comprehensive package of voter education materials for the 2020 election and beyond for use by local election officials and any other groups or individuals working in the field of voter outreach. In other words, please use this accurate, accessible and free information to help you communicate with voters and the media about voting. We've produced a webinar explaining how to use the tools.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more voters are choosing to vote by absentee ballot this year. That is why the videos, fact sheets, social media posts, website banners, and articles focus on how to vote by absentee ballot, as well as the many protections in place to ensure the accuracy and security of absentee ballots. Additional materials about voting in person during the pandemic are in production and will be available before the election.

These new voter education tools join a large body of resources the WEC has produced over the years to help voters understand all aspects of the voting process, including Wisconsin's Photo ID law.  A full list is available at the bottom of this page.

2020 Absentee Voting Videos

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The Wisconsin Elections Commission has produced six new informational videos about the absentee voting journey:

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  1.  What is Absentee Voting?
  2. How Can I Get an Absentee Ballot?
  3. How to Fill Out an Absentee Ballot?
  4. How Exactly Do I Turn in My Completed Absentee Ballot?
  5. How are Absentee Ballots Counted in Wisconsin?
  6. How Can We Be Sure Wisconsin's Election Results Are Accurate?

All videos can be viewed and downloaded from the WEC's Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/showcase/7545193

All videos can also be viewed on the WEC's YouTube page.

Both Vimeo and YouTube allow clerks and any other group doing voter education to embed the videos on their own websites. Just use the "share" button on each video, which will provide you with a snippet of embed code for your website.

This page explains how to embed a video on your website: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/171780?hl=en. If you need more help, please contact your website support provider.

2020 Election Website Banners

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Absentee Voting Website Banners.zip 2.26 MB

Absentee ballot security bannerClerks and other groups can download 47 website banners with different messages and sizes for use on their websites. The .ZIP file attached is compressed and must be downloaded to a local computer and unzipped.

Users are encouraged to link the website banners to official voting information websites such as MyVote Wisconsin (https://myvote.wi.gov) or to the WEC's 2020 page (https://elections.wi.gov/2020).

Voter Outreach Discussion with the Wisconsin Elections Commission

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Ahead of the November General Election, the Wisconsin Elections Commission is working to engage voters and provide information about the voting process.  The WEC has prepared many different types of media and resources to help inform voters about the different ways they can cast their ballot, important election deadlines, and photo ID information, including how to get a free photo ID for voting purposes and the ID petition process with the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Additional Voter Outreach Information for Clerks and Groups Doing Voter Education

The WEC has produced many resources for clerks and other groups to help voters understand all aspects of the voting process, including Wisconsin's Photo ID law. Please use the resources below.


Photo ID and the ID Petition Process

  • Photo ID Guide
    The Photo ID Guide is a detailed document that contains infromation about acceptable photo IDs. It goes through each type of photo ID and the requirements of military IDs, student IDs, passports, etc.
  • ID Petition Process Brochure
    The Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles will help people get a free state ID card or document that can be used for voting after just one visit to the DMV, even if they don't have a birth certificate or other documentation.
  • Proof of Residency vs Photo ID
    This resource contains a T-chart that compares the differences between proof of residency and photo ID.

Voter Registration, Accessible Voting, and Other Topics

  • Voter Registration Guide (with detailed Proof of Residence Guide)
    The Voter Registration Guide is a short document that reviews the registration process. The Proof of Residence Guide is a detailed document that reviews potential types of proof of residence documents that a voter may use.
  • Temporarily vs Permanent Overseas Voters
  • This web page reviews the differences between temporarily and permanent overseas voters. Additionally, it highlights the various ways an overseas voter can request and cast an absentee ballot.
  • Information about Voting Accessibility and Voters with Disabilities
    This web page contains many resources reviewing the voting process, highlighting accessible features for voters with disabilities. It includes resources on voting equipment, videos on knowing your rights, and resources to curbside vote or get assistance.
  • Military Voters
    This web page reviews the voting process for military voters. It defines what a military voter is and goes through various ways they can request an absentee ballot.
  • Hospitalized Voters
    This resource has information regarding the hospitalized elector process for voters who are unable to vote in person at their polling place due to hospitalization near Election Day. This process may also apply to quarantined electors.
  • College Students
    This web page contains a document that reviews common residency questions that college students have, specifically surrounding where they should register to vote -- at their college address or home address.
  • Homeless Voters
    This web page reviews assisting homeless voters in getting registered to vote using a provided template letter from a local organization as proof of residence.
  • Social Media Templates Related to COVID-19
    This resource contains templates and information for effective social media campaigns regarding COVID-19. It includes images for you to use on your own websites and social media.