Mayor Barrett, members of Common Council kick off voter ID social media campaign

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) – Mayor Tom Barrett and members of the Milwaukee Common Council gathered Monday morning, October 6th to launch a new social media campaigned aimed at spreading awareness of the new voter ID regulations that will be enforced during the upcoming November elections. This, on the same day a federal appeals court ruled Wisconsin’s requirement for voters to show photo identification at the polls is constitutional.

"The estimates were as high as 300,000 (voters who do not have proper ID) at one point. If you come to the polls and you do not have the proper identification, you cannot participate in our democracy," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said Monday.

And with that, Mayor Barrett laid out a challenge on Monday.

"We`re going to start an old-fashioned chain letter. We`re going to have some fun with a very, very serious issue," Mayor Barrett said.

The "Voter ID Challenge" asks Milwaukee community leaders and residents to take to social media and show that they are ready to vote by posting photos or videos of themselves with their appropriate Wisconsin State ID. Residents can challenge their friends, family members or neighbors to also show that they are prepared to vote.

“The goal is to make sure that as many people as possible are aware of the Voter ID law and are prepared to vote on November 4th. Everyone should have the opportunity to vote, and this campaign can help connect residents who are active on social media to the necessary information," Mayor Barrett said.

Milwaukeeans who participate in the challenge are encouraged to tag their posts with #VoterIDChallenge, and include in their posts the link to a website such as that has additional info on the appropriate forms of ID.

Henry Glover and his sister say they're registered to vote, and they have their photo ID ready. They say they won't be surprised if the Voter ID Challenge becomes a trending topic.

"We need to vote. If we want to make a difference, we need to vote. Social media works. That`s the best thing I can say. It works," Henry Glover said.

An important note about the Voter ID Challenge: Be sure to make sure your driver's license number, address and any other sensitive information on your photo ID are protected when posting to social media.

With less than one month until election date, getting the word out about appropriate forms of identification is critical.


“I hope my neighbors will join us in spreading the message that a photo ID is needed to vote on November 4th. No one should be kept from voting because they don’t have an ID. We need to connect residents who don’t have an ID to the resources available," Milwaukee Common Council President Michael Murphy said.

Having the correct form of identification is only the first step in preparing for the upcoming elections. To help fight congestion, residents are reminded to make sure they are registered to vote at their current address prior to November 4. If residents are not certain where they are registered at their current address, or need to register, they can visit to do so.

For any questions regarding election procedures, residents can call the City of Milwaukee’s Call Center at 286-CITY.

CLICK HERE for voter ID information before you head to the polls -- including what forms of ID are acceptable, and how to obtain ID for voting.

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  • govo

    a social media campaign???to get a simple ID ???requires at least access to a PC and internet access so you can educate yourself on how to get a simple id…??wow libs are stupid

  • A Yooper

    I must be a really dumb person. How does a person exist without a ID? I am and look much older than 21. To buy a bottle of wine I need to show ID at the grocery store. I need a ID at my local library. I am rather sure most of these democrats fear going to get an ID would put them on the map. They must fear it is a set up to find outstanding warrants or whatever. Mrs. first lady needs to to her next speech up on North Ave. Where is this money intended to be spent? We all know where. Take that $ 450,000 and take some of them poor kids in the ghetto & show them what is really out there.

  • Jagdpanther

    Barrett is THE MOST IMCOMPETENT MAYOR EVER. What a chucklehead. This is just a thinly veiled use of taxpayer money to support democrat campaigning. Barrett you are a disgrace and a pathetic excuse for a government official. You buy your votes with our tax dollars.

  • Larry Wernisch

    I went to my local DMV last Friday to renew my Driver’s License but was unable to. There were at least 300,000 people in line outside the door that went on for miles. I discovered that they were applying for free photo I.D.’s. Where was this? In the Twilight Zone, of course.

  • alicat

    My mother is 94 and because her husband’s parents did not legally change their name when they came from Poland to the US, she cannot get an ID. At that time many immigrants shortened their last names to whatever was closest to their real name. Okay Mr. Walker, my mother has been voting for how many years and now she can’t! Don’t worry about people’s gun rights, what about a person’s right to vote – easy to see where your priorities are and why.

  • Sheila Moyet

    I really do not understand what all the confusion is about. What is the big deal about having an ID? I’ve got my first state ID when I was 16 and have an ID ever since. It should be a part of everyone’s life to have an ID. Why do some people have to whine about everything?

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