The New Voter ID law is changing our election experience. In the February election, even with a relatively low voter turnout, City of Madison Clerk Maribeth Witzel Behl, 98 eligible voters were unable to cast a regular ballot.

With the Presidential primary in April and of course the general election in November, we need to do better. You will be seeing and hearing much more about Voter ID.

In March, the Mayor’s Office and City Clerk worked alongside groups like the League of Women Voters, VoterRiders and NAACP to launch the first ever Voter ID Month. The goal of the month is two-fold: first, to find and assist voters who do not have a valid ID to vote; second, to ensure all voters with an ID feel confident that they have everything they need to vote under this new law.

Seeking to help eligible voters get the ID they need, trained volunteers will be reaching out to voters across the city. Events include informational tables at local businesses, apartment buildings, schools, and at companies with high numbers of employees. In addition, on March 12, volunteers will be at all Madison public libraries to help Madison residents.

Look for volunteers wearing black “Ask Me About Photo ID” T-shirts at a community location near you. To become involved or to request volunteers to be present at your community event, please email .

I think together, we can make an incredible difference despite the obstacles set in place. I would ask that you also consider working at the polls. We need your help more than ever. You can contact Maribeth at for more information.

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