FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MADISON – Today, State Senator Jennifer Shilling began circulating for co-sponsorship a Constitutional Amendment (LRB 3108/1) that establishes the fundamental right to vote for all eligible voters in Wisconsin. The proposed amendment, which requires passage by two consecutive State Legislatures followed by a vote of the people, states that “every qualified elector of this state shall have the fundamental right to vote in any public election held in the election district in which the elector resides.”
United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck released the following statement in response to Shilling’s proposed amendment:
“United Wisconsin applauds State Senator Jennifer Shilling for taking decisive action to clearly enshrine in our State Constitution the right of every eligible Wisconsin citizen to exercise his or her fundamental right to vote.
The right to vote is the foundation of our democratic system, but in the past three years, Scott Walker and the Republican majority in the State Legislature have chipped away at this right. Republicans have pushed for dozens of unnecessary roadblocks and restrictions aimed at limiting access to the polls and suppressing the votes of tens of thousands of student, minority, disabled, and elderly citizens in Wisconsin for their own political gain.
It is time to stop playing politics with voting rights, and once and for all state that the right to vote is sacred. We urge all members of the State Legislature to sign on in support of this constitutional amendment and stand up for the fundamental right of all of their fellow citizens to be heard in our democracy.”
United Wisconsin is an independent grassroots organization of citizens restoring the Wisconsin tradition of democracy in action. For more information, visit our website at www.unitedwisconsin.com.