A video starring Chad Vader explaining Wisconsin's voter ID law is in the running for the best municipal public service announcement.
Engaging Local Government Leaders, an organization with the mission of connecting, communicating and educating people about important topics in local government, is hosting a contest for the most creative short video made by a local government.
In March 2014, Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell had previously enlisted the brother of the Dark Lord to explain the county’s new laser scanning voting systems.
In the video highlighted by ELGL, Chad, who is played by Aaron Yonda and voiced by Matt Sloan, goes to the polls and learns that nobody is exempt from the law before he heads to the Department of Motor Vehicles to get an ID.
McDonell said the video was an attempt to inform and engage younger voters.
“They take in content differently,” McDonell said. “We want to have something that will get some attention.”
As of Monday afternoon, Chad Vader had 88 percent of the votes, totaling 129 votes. West Hollywood is in second with 10 votes, followed by Provo, Round Rock and the San Francisco Utility Commission.
Viewers can watch each eligible entry and vote for their favorite video on the ELGL website.