top of page
49617927103_1f34dac613_k.jpg

PREPARING
for elections
in 2024

LWVWI Issues Briefing 2023
36829675423_838ce5b4e6_k.jpg

LWWI Issues Briefing 2023

PREPARING FOR
ELECTIONS IN 2024

Join us to learn what voters face in 2024 and beyond. From redistricting, to protecting election workers, to tearing down barriers that prevent access to vote, our democracy has never been more at risk.

49618704902_544a5a443d_k (1).jpg

SESSION INFORMATION

There are 3 different sessions, each on different dates. You are welcome to
attend any or all sessions.

Redistricting in Wisconsin

  • Historical overview, background, analysis and insight on redistricting in WI

  • Legal perspective on the Redistricting Lawsuit (provided by Law Forward)

  • Hearing from Petitioners on the Redistricting Lawsuit

Citizen Action at the State Level: Proposed State Constitutional Amendments

  • Overview of proposed WI Constitutional Amendments

  • Presentation on Separation of Powers

  • Non-citizen voting and why it's important

  • Using private money for elections: How elections are financed and where those funds come from

  • Solutions from another State: How the Ohio State League and partners successfully achieved retaining the 50% threshold for passing Consitutional Amendments

Overcoming Barriers to Voting & Election Administration Challenges

  • Election administration and protecting election workers

  • What are current barriers to voting and what can be done?

  • Overview of LWVUS Moonshot Goal: Abolishing the Electoral College

  • Status on achieving the National Popular Vote

SCHEDULE

SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, NOV. 9

Redistricting in Wisconsin

SATURDAY, NOV. 11

Citizen Action at the State Level: Proposed Wisconsin Constitutional Amendments

TUESDAY, NOV. 14

Overcoming Barriers to Voting & Election Administration Challenges

6:20pm - 6:30pm

Zoom opens and attendees are invited to sign on

6:30pm - 6:40pm

General welcome and land acknowledgement 

Dorothy Skye, LWVWI Board President 

6:40pm - 7:00pm

Historical overview, background, analysis and insight on redistricting in Wisconsin

Featuring Joan Schwarz, LWVWI Board Secretary and Retired Attorney

7:00pm - 7:20pm

Legal perspective on the redistricting lawsuit in Wisconsin

Featuring Attorney Dan Lenz, Law Forward

7:20pm - 7:40pm

Hearing from a Petitioner on the redistricting lawsuit

Featuring Dee Sweet & Anne McClellan

7:40pm - 7:55pm

Q & A

7:55pm - 8:00pm

Wrap up and Farewell + Closing announcements

9:45 - 10:00am

Zoom opens and attendees are invited to sign on

10:00am - 10:05 am

General welcome

Dorothy Skye, LWVWI Board President 

10:05am - 10:25am

Introduction and overview of Wisconsin Constitutional Amendments

Featuring Joan Schwarz, LWVWI Board Secretary and Retired Attorney

10:25am - 10:45am

Wisconsin Constitutional Amendment: Separation of Powers

Featuring Attorney T.R. Edwards, Law Forward

10:45am - 11:05am

Wisconsin Constitutional Amendment: Non-Citizen Voting

Featuring Marguerite Adelman, LWV Vermont Vice President

11:05am - 11:25am

Wisconsin Constitutional Amendment: Private Money for Elections

Featuring Michael Haas, City Attorney for the City of Madison

11:25am - 11:45am

Perspective from Ohio: How was Ohio's Campaign Effective at Raising Awareness?

Featuring Nazek Hapasha, LWV Ohio Policy Affairs Manager

11:45am - 11:55am

Q & A

11:55am - Noon

Wrap up and Farewell + Closing Announcements

6:15pm - 6:30pm

Zoom opens and attendees are invited to sign on

6:30pm - 6:35pm

General welcome

Dorothy Skye, LWVWI Board President 

6:35pm - 6:50pm

Election Administration and Protecting Election Workers

Featuring Meagan Wolfe, Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator

6:50pm - 7:05pm

Current Barriers to Voting and What Can be Done

Earnestine Mosse, Co-Chair, Dane County Voter ID Coalition

7:05pm - 7:20pm

LWVUS Moonshot Goal Overview: Abolishing the Electoral College

Featuring Celina Stewart, LWV United States Chief Counsel, Senior Director of Advocacy and Litigation

7:20pm - 7:35pm

Status on Achieving the National Popular Vote

Featuring Christopher Pearson, Senior Consultant to National Popular Vote

7:35pm - 7:55pm

Q & A

7:55pm - 8:00pm

Wrap up, Final Farewell + Reminder to Complete Feedback Survey

REGISTRATION

There is no fee to attend this virtual event, but registration is required. You will receive a confirmation from Zoom after registering. Please keep that confirmation for your records; it will contain link(s) to access the session(s) you've registered for.

*If you have issues getting into the program, please contact mcarmichael@lwvwi.org

SPEAKER BIOS

IMG_1378.jpg

JOAN

SCHWARZ

LWVWI Board Secretary and Retired Attorney

Joan Schwarz is the LWVWI Board Secretary. She also Chairs the state Impartial Justice and Nonpartisan Redistricting Committee which focuses on bias and partisanship in the judiciary, money in judicial races, the need for transparency and recusal, and the Wisconsin Supreme Court election in 2023. Joan is also a M.E.N.T.O.R (Mentoring for Engagement, Nurturing, Training, Opportunity and Resilience) and member of the state Legislative Committee with portfolios on elections and voting laws, gerrymandering, reproductive justice, money in politics and the EqualRights Amendment. She is a a retired attorney and professor and teaches the Civic Education
seminar for LWVWI.

DSL Headshot - Dan Lenz.webp

DAN

LENZ

Staff Counsel,

Law Forward

Dan Lenz is Staff Counsel at Law Forward. Dan joined Law Forward in 2021, bringing over a decade of litigation experience, including extensive expertise in election law. He has litigated on behalf of ballot access in Wisconsin, calling for accountability for election sabotage and ensuring the fair administration of our election system.

37AB788B-5016-4234-A40E-07A90D1C1AA5 - Dee.jpeg

DEE

SWEET

Petitioner, Wisconsin Redistricting Lawsuit

Dee Sweet is First Nations Organizer for Wisconsin Conservation Voices and manager for WI Native Vote. Dee initiates contact and builds working relationships with tribal communities - both urban and rural - fostering civic engagement through voter registration and participation. In a public information capacity, she builds awareness about the environmental issues that tribal citizens in the state and of the Great Lakes Regions feel most profoundly about; those that not only affect their homelands and their economic livelihood, bu their cultural and spiritual practices.

Mcclellan - AM Mcc_edited.png

ANNEMARIE MCCLELLAN

Petitioner, Wisconsin Redistricting Lawsuit

Annemarie McClellan is a member of LWV Greater Chippewa Valley and resides in Menomonie, WI. She works in healthcare administration and is passionate about voting; she's served as a poll worker, voter registration assistant and LWV-GCV Co-President. Between 2020-2021 she served on the People's Maps Commission.

THURS, NOV. 9

Redistricting in Wisconsin 
LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE

SAT, NOV. 11

Citizen Action at the State Level: Proposed State Constitutional Amendments
LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE

IMG_1378.jpg

JOAN

SCHWARZ

LWVWI Board Secretary and Retired Attorney

Joan Schwarz is the LWVWI Board Secretary. She also Chairs the state Impartial Justice and Nonpartisan Redistricting Committee which focuses on bias and partisanship in the judiciary, money in judicial races, the need for transparency and recusal, and the Wisconsin Supreme Court election in 2023. Joan is also a M.E.N.T.O.R (Mentoring for Engagement, Nurturing, Training, Opportunity and Resilience) and member of the state Legislative Committee with portfolios on elections and voting laws, gerrymandering, reproductive justice, money in politics and the EqualRights Amendment. She is a a retired attorney and professor and teaches the Civic Educationseminar for LWVWI.

TR Edwards.webp

T.R.

EDWARDS

Staff Counsel

Law Forward

Before Law Forward, TR (he/him) spent more than a decade working in labor, community and political organizing. He is a zealous advocate for strong communities, family-supporting jobs, and equity. In addition to his work at Law Forward, he is active in pro bono and currently serves as the Community Outreach Chair for the Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers. TR is a huge movie buff, and as a former collegiate athlete, he enjoys training and finding new ways to compete. TR is a Milwaukee native, and as Law Forward’s only Marquette lawyer, he makes an effort to wear something blue every day.

IMG_5177 2 (3) - Marguerite Adelman.jpeg

MARGUERITE

ADELMAN

Vice President

LWV Vermont

Marguerite is a retired administrator who has worked in education, government, and nonprofits in IL, NY, and VT. Currently, Maruguerite resides in Winooski, VT. As Vice President of LWV Vermont, Marguerite Chairs the Non-US Citizen Voting Committee. Winooski is a refugee resettlement community and was among the first municipalities in VT to approve non-US citizen voting. Further, Marguerite is an experienced writer, communications director and administrator and has won many state and national awards for the programs she's developed. In addition to League work, Marguerite is an avid reader and loves to paint, travel and garden in her spare time.

Headshot5 - Michael Haas.png

MICHAEL

HAAS

City Attorney,

City of Madison

Michael Haas was named City Attorney for the City of Madison in May of 2020. He previously worked for the state elections agency for 12 years, including as the firstInterim Administrator of the WI Elections Commission. Michael served as Elections Division Administrator for the Government Accountability Board as well as Staff Counsel for both the G.A.B and the W.E.C. Prior to joining the G.A.B., he was a partner at Roethe Krohn Pope, LLP, where his practice focused on municipal law as well as general practice matters. Michael received his undergraduate degree from Harvard Univ. and his JD from Univ. of WI Law School.

Headshot 2.jpeg

NAZEK

HAPASHA

LWVOH Policy Affairs Manager

Nazek Hapasah joined LWV Ohio in 2018 after graduating from OH State Univ. School of Public Affairs with a MA in Public Administration. She has more than 20 years of experience working with nonprofits in different capacities and is passionate about community engagement and social justice. Originally from the NY metropolitan area, Nazek completed her undergraduate studies at William Paterson Univ. In NJ with a BA in Political Science and Communication. Currently, she lives in Dublin, OH with her family.

TUES, NOV. 14

Overcoming Barriers to Voting & Election Administration Challenges
LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE

Meagan20headshot.jpg

MEAGAN

WOLFE

Administrator, Wisconsin Elections Commission

Meagan Wolfe is administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, serving as the state’s chief election official. Meagan was appointed by the bi-partisan, six-member Commission in February of 2018 and unanimously confirmed by the WI State Senate in May of 2019 for a four-year term. Serving as an election security advocate and ambassador for the needs of Wisconsin’s clerks and voters are among her highest priorities. A significant part of her job is ensuring that Wisconsin’s 1,922 local election officials (the most of any state) have the resources and technology they need to conduct elections. Meagan previously served as WEC’s Deputy Administrator and IT Director, and joined state service in 2011, starting as the state’s voter outreach coordinator and later as an elections IT project manager.

dc761934-daf4- - Earnestine Moss.jpg

EARNESTINE

MOSS

Co-Chair, Dane County

Voter ID Coalition

Earnestine Moss, Co-Chair of the Dane County Voter ID Coalition, is the Community Coordination Committee Chair for the NAACP Wisconsin State Conference and is a past president of the League of Women Voters of Dane County. She is a long-time community activist and civil rights advocate and member of the Madison Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, serving on the Social Action Committee. She has received several awards in recognition of her community service, including the Outstanding Dedication Award for civic engagement, the NAACP Madison Branch 2004 Harry and Velma Hamilton Award and the 2004 Rev. James C. Wright Human Rights Award of the City of Madison Equal Opportunity Commission.

C Stewart Headshot.webp

CELINA

STEWART

Chief Counsel,

LWVUS

Celina Stewart serves as Chief Cousel and Senior Director of Advocacy and Litigation and joined the League of Women Voters in April 2018. In this role she developed and implemented League political strategies and policy positions around election reform and voting rights issues; oversaw prospective litigation for the national and state leagues; worked closely with Leagues and staff in implementing national agenda; and served as lead lobbyist and liaison with Congress and the Administration for the League. In her current role, she continues the work she started and works to build stronger relationships with legal partners, strengthen relationships and visibility of the League at the Hill, and is the author of the People Powered Fair Maps™ and Moonshot initiatives.

Pearson2016Headshot-web - Christopher Pearson.jpg

CHRISTOPHER PEARSON

Senior Consultant to National Popular Vote

Christopher Pearson retired from the Vermont legislature after serving five terms in the House and three in the Senate. Throughout his public service, Pearson gained expertise in election reform, climate policy and health care. He and his spouse have two daughters. Before joining the legislature, Pearson was Director of the Presidential Election Reform program at Fair Vote. He began working in politics in 1998 as a campaign and Congressional aide for then-Congressman Bernard Sanders (I–VT). He is a senior consultant to National Popular Vote. Senator Pearson has visited 29 states on behalf of National Popular Vote.

bottom of page