Seeks To Defend National Mail Voter Registration Form in Wisconsin

WASHINGTON, D.C. On Tuesday, Sept. 27, — America’s largest voter registration and get-out-the-vote technology platform — filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit brought the conservative Wisconsin Institute For Law and Liberty (WILL) challenging the Wisconsin Elections Commission’s (WEC) approval of the National Mail Voter Registration Form for allegedly failing to comply with Wisconsin law.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of a Wisconsin voter, alleges that the National Mail Voter Registration Form — which is provided to states by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission — is missing certain components that are mandated by Wisconsin law while also containing other elements that are not permitted under state law.

Namely, WILL asserts that the form fails to ask for legally required information pertaining to a voter’s residency and whether a voter has a criminal record. Conversely, WILL also claims that the form requests items that are “not required by statute,” including information about a voter’s race and political party affiliation.

However, in contrast to WILL’s assertions, the National Mail Voter Registration Form’s online portal includes state-specific instructions indicating that in Wisconsin, voters are “not required” to list their race or ethnic group or their party affiliation. WILL requests that the court declare the form illegal under Wisconsin law and order WEC to withdraw its approval of the form for use in future voter registration activity throughout Wisconsin.  

In seeking to intervene in the case, aims to defend the use of the National Mail Voter Registration Form upon which it relies in order to register voters by paper application in Wisconsin. asserts that WILL’s “suit threatens’s ability to help register these prospective Wisconsin voters—many of whom are unable to register online—and could limit voter registration for Wisconsinites going forward.” notes that, while online registration is also an option in Wisconsin, many voters lack a proper Wisconsin driver’s license or ID and must instead register by submitting a completed National Mail Voter Registration Form to their local elections board. Furthermore, explains that the form’s “simplicity is precisely what makes it such a powerful tool for reaching historically underserved and underrepresented voters” and that a ban on the use of the form in Wisconsin would be detrimental to the organization’s voter registration efforts. 

Read the motion to intervene here.

Learn more about the case here.