Who Gets to Vote

Who Gets to Vote Events 

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Who Can and Cannot Vote 

Presented by Racine Public Library 

Join us virtually to learn about who can and cannot vote. We will be hearing from local community leaders on topics surrounding voting and various specific populations such as formerly incarcerated persons, college students, and elderly people in special care facilities.

Please register at RacineLibrary.info. 

Wednesday, March 9 

6:00 – 7:30 PM 

Virtual 

Decoding Your Ballot: Voter Research for the Busy Citizen Presented by Kenosha Public Library & Ballotpedia

Join Megan Brown from Ballotpedia for a virtual session on how to decode your ballot. Learn how to research less-covered races (such as school board and city council races) and ballot measures, the rules of each race and election (and who decides them), and how the different levels of government come together to produce your ballot. Everyone is welcome and time at the end for questions will be provided! 

Visit the KPL website at mykpl.info to register for a virtual link. 

Wednesday, March 9 

7:00 – 8:00 PM 

Virtual 

Politics and History Book Club 

Presented by Kenosha Public Library 

Join us to discuss the history of voting, voter suppression, struggles for the vote, and the evolution of voting rights from the local, national and global perspectives. Participants can read any book related to voting to share in the discussion. 

Friday, March 11 

1:00 – 2:00 PM 

Southwest Library 

Old Weird America 

When Voting was a Crime: Susan B. Anthony, Victoria Woodhull, and the Election of 1872 

Presented by Kenosha Public Library 

These two dynamic representatives of 19 th century feminism interacted briefly in the early 1870s, and both involved themselves, quite literally, in the presidential election of 1872 –and both ended up in jail—but for very different reasons. As Woodhull made the grand gesture of running for president, Anthony set a more important historical precedent when she stood trial for voting illegally. Come hear and see how these women made their mark on an election nearly fifty years before women won the vote. 

Visit the KPL website at mykpl.info to register for an in-person seat or a virtual link. 

Thursday, March 11 

6:00 – 7:00 PM 

Northside Library & Virtual 

Black History Book Club: Voting Rights 

Presented by Kenosha Public Library 

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, however, voting rights, suppression, and getting out to vote are still hot and contentious topics. Read about the modern issues regarding voting rights in America and the struggle to count all votes equally.

Monday, March 14 

6:00 – 7:00 PM 

Southwest Library 

Partisan Gerrymandering & Voter Suppression in Wisconsin Presented by Kenosha Public Library & Douglas M. Poland 

Douglas M. Poland, a partner at Stafford Rosenbaum LLP and co-chair of the firm’s Election & Political Law Team will explain how partisan gerrymandering dilutes the power (and therefore suppresses votes) of Wisconsin voters, and why it is a threat to representative democracy in Wisconsin, regardless of which political party employs it. Poland will also expand on additional voter suppression techniques to be aware of. 

Visit the KPL website at mykpl.info to register for a virtual link. 

Tuesday, March 22 

6:30 – 7:30 PM 

Virtual 

Discussing Meacham’s “The Soul of America” 

Presented by Racine Public Library 

Join us virtually to discuss the book “THE SOUL OF AMERICA: THE BATTLE FOR OUR BETTER ANGELS” by Jon Meacham. In it, the author helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear. Please register at RacineLibrary.info. 

Wednesday, March 23 

6:30 – 8:00 PM 

Virtual 

Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument Tour Presented by Kenosha Public Library & Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument Susan Philpott of the National Park Service shares the story of Alice Paul’s political savvy and the National Woman’s Party’s transgressive, confrontational tactics in support of woman

suffrage. The tour concentrates on the work for the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment between 1913-1920 via the museum exhibits using photographs of the collection of furniture, textiles, artwork, and other historical artifacts. We’ll conclude with a discussion of the political activism of the NWP towards equality, including the work in support of the Equal Rights Amendment. 

Visit the KPL website at mykpl.info to register for a virtual link. 

Thursday, March 24 

6:00 – 7:00 PM 

Virtual 

Meet the Representatives 

Presented by Racine Public Library 

Join us virtually to meet new and veteran local Representatives. It’s a great chance to engage with local Racine politicians and learn about local issues. Please register at RacineLibrary.info. 

Wednesday, April 13 

6:30 – 8:00 PM 

Virtual