DRW Statement on Absentee Voting Protections

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Absentee voting protections for people with disabilities after the Supreme Court of Wisconsin Teigen decision

Updated: July 18, 2022

Following the Supreme Court of Wisconsin ruling on Teigen v WEC, Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) has received many questions from voters with disabilities who vote absentee. Federal law protects the right of people with disabilities to have assistance mailing their ballot, and also to have a person of their choice deliver their ballot to their clerk or polling place. Teigen did not limit or alter federal laws that protect the rights of voters with disabilities, such as the Voting Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. In addition, Wisconsin Statute 7.15(14) states that: “Each municipal clerk shall make reasonable efforts to comply with requests for voting accommodations made by individuals with disabilities whenever feasible.”

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Contact: Barbara Beckert, Director of External Advocacy | barbara.beckert@drwi.org | 414-292-2724