Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include additional events.
Election Day is right around the corner.
Are you ready?
Local organizations have created resources and events to make the voting experience educational, fun and, most important, safe.
Below is a list of Election Day-related resources and events.
Did we miss a resource or event? Please comment below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Election Day resources.”
“Metcalfe Park: Black Vote Rising”
371 Production in partnership with The Intercept and Wisconsin Watch recently published the documentary, “Metcalfe Park: Black Vote Rising.” The film follows Melody McCurtis and Danell Cross of Metcalfe Park Community Bridges. McCurtis and Cross talk about the April 7 election and the work they’re doing to get Metcalfe Park residents to use their voice and vote. The documentary is available to watch on YouTube and Vimeo.
In preparation for the election, the City of Milwaukee Election Commission created 414 Votes. The website breaks down the three ways Milwaukeeans can vote: absentee by mail, in-person early voting and in-person on Election Day. The site also includes information on the number of early voter ballots. Visit the site or call 414-286-VOTE (414-286-8683).
My Vote Wisconsin
My Vote Wisconsin was created by the Wisconsin Elections Commission. The website has several key features to make your voting experience easier for any election. You can check your registration status, view your ballot, find your polling location, track your ballot and more.
Vote411 is made available by the League of Women Voters Education Fund. The website is nonpartisan. Vote411 offers a voter guide, which explains what the position of each office entails from president to county clerk. It also provides information on the candidates themselves.
Cirque d’vote: Friday, Oct. 30
The Emergency Circus in partnership with the Unstoppable Voter Project is bringing the Cirque d’Vote to Milwaukee. The purpose of the event is to encourage people to exercise their right to vote and have fun while doing it. The “circus” will take place at the Fiserv Forum, 1111 Vel R. Phillips Ave., beginning at noon on Friday, Oct. 30. There will be live music, acrobatics, stilt-walkers and more.
National Youth Voter Day with LIT and BLOC: Friday, Oct. 30
Leaders Igniting Transformation and Black Leaders Organizing for Communities is celebrating National Youth Voter Day. There will be a panel discussion and a virtual concert featuring Kendrick Sampson. The event will take place virtually from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30.
Early voting ends: Sunday, Nov. 1
Early voting in-person in Wisconsin is ending soon. There are 14 early voting locations in the City of Milwaukee and almost all of them will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1. Please note that there is no voter registration on Saturday, Oct. 31 or Sunday, Nov. 1.
Remember to wear a mask and bring your photo ID.
Last day to early vote caravan: Sunday, Nov. 1
Metcalfe Park Community Bridges is leading a caravan on the last day of early voting. The caravan will begin at Metcalfe Park Rising, 3401 W. Center St., and head toward Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd., at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1. After the caravan, there will be a socially distanced party with food and music. To RSVP, click here.
“Our Lives Depend On It” town hall meeting and rally: Sunday, Nov. 1
Voces de la Frontera, along with its partners, is hosting a virtual town hall meeting and rally, “Our Lives Depend on It.” The event will take place on the group’s Facebook Live at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1. Community activists and leaders will be speaking during the event about the power of voting.
Let justice roll: your voice, your vote: Monday, Nov. 2
All Peoples Church, 2600 N. 2nd St., is hosting two prayer vigils before the election as part of its “Voices for Justice.” The first will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2. There will be a prayer walk, an opportunity to lament at the cross and artwork on display. The second prayer vigil will begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2. Those gathered will pray and light luminaries.
Masks are required at both events.
Animal el voto/Get out the vote: Tuesday, Nov. 3
Voces de la Frontera is encouraging people to get out and vote. The group will be meeting at the Voces de la Frontera Action offices, 1027 S. 5th St., at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The plan is to leave informational fliers and voting guides with voters. For additional information, call Deby at 414-982-8543. Para más información llame a Mario al 414-828-2692.
Volunteer as an election inspector: Tuesday, Nov. 3
The Sherman Park Community Association, 3526 W. Fond du Lac Ave., is looking for people willing to volunteer as election inspectors on Election Day. Inspectors issue ballots, register new voters, act as greeters and more. Qualifications include the ability to write legibly, attention to detail and works well with people. Inspectors are needed at the voting site, the Mary Ryan Boys & Girls Club, 3000 N. Sherman Blvd., from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3. For more information, call Benjamin Watson at 414-444-9803, Ext. 107.
#iVoted Election Day concert: Tuesday, Nov. 3
Over 600 artists, including 32 acts from Wisconsin, will be performing during a virtual concert in honor of Election Day. The first shows are scheduled to take place virtually starting at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Click here to view the lineup and register for the shows of your choosing. The concert is free, but people are required to show they voted or share why they are excited to vote.
Election Day: Tuesday, Nov. 3
This is the day! If you haven’t already cast your ballot, now is the time. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3. You can also register to vote on the same day, just bring a photo ID and proof of residence (like a piece of mail) and wear a mask. As long as you are in line before 8 p.m., you can vote.
Find your polling place by clicking here or simply Google “polling place” and enter your address when prompted.
Metcalfe Park votes: Jamming at the polls: Tuesday, Nov. 3
Metcalfe Park Community Bridges and partners are hosting Metcalfe Park Votes: Jamming at the polls at several locations from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The festivities are taking place at the following: North 27th Street and West Center Street; West North Avenue and North 34th Street; North 38th Street and West Center Street. These locations are near Metcalfe Park’s polling stations. There will be free food, safety voter kits, live entertainment and more.
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