Join Chippewa Valley Votes to gather, eat, socialize, and celebrate the right to vote. Food will be provided including hot dogs, brats, tofu dogs, chips, fruit and other goodies. This picnic is a free community event —everyone is welcome. Family friendly (with kids activities including face painting) so bring the whole gang!
- 5pm: Arrive
- 5:30pm: Food is served
- 6:30pm: Speakers on Automatic Voter Registration
This event will bring together people of the Chippewa Valley in a casual, family-friendly outdoor setting with food, kids activities, and music to celebrate the role of grassroots organizations like Chippewa Valley Votes which work to expand voting rights for all citizens.
During the picnic, speakers will call upon candidates running for state assembly and state senate to pledge their support for Automatic Voter Registration (AVR). This event will provide opportunities for attendees to write letters to candidates urging them to support AVR.
“We are gathering on a summer evening to celebrate the dedicated work of volunteers who give their time to help voters” says Bill Hogseth, one of the event coordinators. “Our volunteers believe that voters are the engine of democracy, we work hard because we want every voter to have a voice. That’s why we are advocating for automatic voter registration in Wisconsin.”
Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) would increase access to the ballot box by automatically registering any eligible voter when they share residency information with the State of Wisconsin, for example by applying or renewing a driver’s license at the DMV, which could result in hundreds of thousands of newly registered Wisconsin voters.Twelve states across the US have adopted AVR and more than 20 other states have introduced AVR legislation.
Voter registration will be available at the event. Individuals wishing to register to vote should bring a proof of residency document such as a utility bill, paycheck, bank statement, residential lease, or a cell phone bill. If an individual possesses a current DMV-issued photo identification card, they should also bring it along. If an individual has moved since last voting, they must re-register in order to vote.
“Chippewa Valley Votes” is a non-partisan group of volunteers working in Chippewa, Dunn, and Eau Claire counties to help citizens participate in the democratic process through services including voter registration, education, engagement, and advocacy. For more information, visit the Chippewa Valley Votes website at http://www.chippewavalleyvotes.org