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To Reach Young Minority Voters About Election Rules, Milwaukee Group Goes Clubbing

Voting Rights Activists Worry Voter ID Law Will Trip Up Inexperienced Poll-Goers

Chuck Quirmbach/WPR

Organizers in Milwaukee’s African-American community have been trying to spread the word about the need for a state-approved photo ID at polling places Tuesday.

One outreach event took place Saturday night, at the Onyx Social Club. A DJ and dancing were part of the effort organized by the group Our Power, Our Future.

Spokesperson Bria Grant said one aim was to help a more diverse group learn about the voter ID requirement.

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“The goal is making sure this specific population — younger voters, newer voters, uninformed voters — are aware as to what that is, and what it looks like,’ she said.

Grant said meeting people in a social setting may sometimes work better than trying to reach them at home. The group is planning more events ahead of elections later this year.