After the Voter ID bill passed in Madison, County Supervisor Nikiya Harris was instrumental in passing legislation to provide FREE birth certificates to people born in Milwaukee County. The intention was to reduce the cost of acquiring the required ID needed to vote under the new law.
Even though the Voter ID bill has been struck down by two courts and hasn’t been taken up by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the free birth certificates are still available. At some point in the future the Supreme Court may take up the Voter ID bill and overturn the lower court ruling.
So if you were born in Milwaukee County and don’t have a copy of your birth certificate, now would be the time to get a copy. The program ends December 31, 2012.
Here is the information from County Supervisor Nikiya Harris:
Supervisor Harris made it possible for the county to provide 5,000 free birth certificates for any native of Milwaukee that needs a State issued ID.
To date (9/28/2012), Milwaukee County has provided 825 Free Birth Certificates for the purpose of voting.
In order to obtain a free birth certificate an applicant must fill out the the Birth Certificate Form along with the Form for Free Birth Records. You can find all the information you need at http://county.milwaukee.gov/VtialRecordsSystem9855.htm to obtain a birth record.
We would like for as many people to take advantage of this program. Until we have given out 5,000 birth records, the last day to obtain a pre-paid Birth Ceritificate will be on Dec 31, 2012.