Wisconsin News Briefs

WEC Launches Election Education Video Series

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Elections Commission is proud to announce the launch of an election education video series, “Elections 101,” that will help inform high school students and the public about how voting works in Wisconsin.

The launch of the WEC video series is a direct response to the increased public need for information about Wisconsin’s election system.

The four-part video series provides an overview of Wisconsin’s system of election administration, as well as a closer look at fundamental components of voting, such as registration, casting an absentee ballot, voting at the polls, and how Wisconsin keeps elections secure.

The four-part video series is available for the public to view on the WEC’s website at elections.wi.gov/101.

Description automatically generatedStarting Monday, Sept. 26, the WEC, with the assistance of the Department of Public Instruction, is making the four-video series available for use by high school educators across the state.

For the classroom portion of the project, the WEC partnered with DPI to ensure the project would meet state educational standards and be disseminated broadly. Officials at DPI developed a lesson plan for each video to assist teachers in their classrooms. The lesson plans are available for public viewing on the elections.wi.gov/101 web page.

The WEC hopes as many teachers as possible choose to incorporate the video series and accompanying lesson plans into their civics curriculum, which will help prepare students who want to better understand and engage in their democracy. While the WEC is launching the videos for students and the public to engage with before the November General Election, the videos are meant to be used for years to come.

The four-part video series includes an election overview, followed by videos on the “nuts and bolts” of the election process, election security, and life at a polling place on Election Day.

The WEC is grateful to the city of Madison, Badger Boys State, Disability Rights Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition, Edgewood High School in Madison and Bradley Tech High School in Milwaukee for providing on-location sites and volunteer participants for filming.

Mayor Johnson Signs Resolution to Advance Homes MKE Initiative

MILWAUKEE – Following unanimous approval from the Milwaukee Common Council, Mayor Cavalier Johnson signed File #220656, a resolution selecting the development teams for the Homes MKE initiative that will renovate vacant City-owned residential properties in Milwaukee.

The resolution also authorizes the property sales to the selected development teams, as well as the housing rehabilitation and workforce subsidies that will be deployed to carry out this new initiative and help build stronger neighborhoods throughout the city.