MADISON, Wisconsin— The Wisconsin Election Commission is preparing to launch a statewide voter education campaign this fall that specifically targets high school students as well as the general public.
The effort comes amid continued misrepresentations by former President Donald Trump and his supporters about the conduct of the 2020 election and its results.
A memo prepared for a Friday meeting of the bipartisan commission says a comprehensive education campaign is needed given “increased public interest in election administration.”
State election officers from across the country gathered in Madison this week where they discussed the need to confront election conspiracy theories and other lies head-on. Leaders in other states discussed efforts they were making, similar to what is being launched in Wisconsin, to dispel misinformation.
The Wisconsin effort is scheduled to begin in September and includes a phase targeting high school students in social studies and civics classes and another aimed at the general population through print and broadcast media.
The non-partisan campaign will cover the basics of the election, including how to register to vote, what a ballot looks like, postal voting, what happens at the polls on election day and how to become an election agent .