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Today in voter suppression

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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby DCB » Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:26 pm

The Republican Party of Wisconsin is planning a concerted effort this year to make sure it is represented at polling locations across the state, making use of a little-known state law that allows the parties to name poll workers.
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"We are not discussing our internal strategy at this time," said Nicole Larson, Republican Party of Wisconsin spokeswoman.


Read more: http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/ ... z1eT22e5l1

Well that makes sense. You don't want to let people know ahead of time how you're planning to rig the elections. Let me guess:

you'll be harassing and intimidating voters at the polls, right? Voters will either be scared off by your nasty tactics, or just annoyed at all the delays as you challenge every voter.

That will just happen in the 'questionable' districts in Madison and Milwaukee, but probably not Waukesha.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:37 pm

Also from the above link:
But some election officials worry the law will slow down the voting process and could lead to frustration on Election Day. That could be more likely if the poll locations are staffed with new workers.

"I could end up with a polling location full of workers with no experience," said Diane Hermann-Brown, Sun Prairie city clerk and president of the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association. "That would not be good."


Maybe the GOPers are hoping that potential voters will leave the long lines and go home without casting a ballot (in liberal learning polling wards, of course).
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby indycoyote » Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:06 pm

I must admit it would be fun to be a democratic poll worker in a large Waukesha County district. You could just challenge EVERY voter;)
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Average Joe » Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:06 pm

DCB wrote:
you'll be harassing and intimidating voters at the polls, right? Voters will either be scared off by your nasty tactics, or just annoyed at all the delays as you challenge every voter.

That will just happen in the 'questionable' districts in Madison and Milwaukee, but probably not Waukesha.


I have no doubt that's what the fascist brigade is up to.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby snoqueen » Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:14 am

I have no doubt part of the plan is to slow the lines way, way down in Democratic wards. In Ohio during several recent national elections, college towns (typically Democratic in a swing state) were given one or two voting machines per ward while more Republican wards got a dozen or more. Unsurprisingly, some students had to get to class or wherever and could not wait the several hours required to cast their votes, thus selectively reducing voter turnout. Nobody thought this was a coincidence given the political leanings of Ken Blackwell, secretary of state at the time, who was in charge of elections.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby DCB » Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:29 am

Supporters of the Voter ID keep insisting its no big deal - how hard can it be to get an ID?

It just got more complicated, and more expensive:
people will be leaving the Division of Motor Vehicles office with a paper receipt with their photo that will be valid as a driver's license or ID until their new one comes in the mail. The change reflects heightened federal security rules in an anti-terrorism law and comes as the state is requiring voters to show photo ID at the polling place.
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state IDs will be printed by a contractor in California, rather than at the DMV office.
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The new licenses will be printed by a contractor, L-1 Identity Solutions, at an additional cost to the state of $1.15 per license. That works out to be about $1.3 million more a year, Boardman said.
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The state won't start issuing fully compliant Real ID cards until Jan. 1, 2013, Boardman said. To issue those Real ID cards, the state will have to digitally scan birth certificates and other documents and confirm they are legitimate.

I'm sure that waiting 10 days for your 'real' ID won't interfere with voting.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolit ... 92453.html

The Fitzwalkers are only partially to blame for this.
The changes are a result of the 2005 law that was shepherded through Congress by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, a Menomonee Falls Republican, in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Thanks a lot, fat-head.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:17 pm

Twenty two Democratic Wisconsin state lawmakers are asking the U.S. Department of Justice to review the state's new voter photo identification law.

Democrats argue in the letter sent Friday that the law will suppress the right of minorities, senior citizens, students and the poor the right to vote. Republicans who passed the law say it's designed to cut down on voter fraud, even though there have been few instances of that reported in Wisconsin.


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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:33 pm

A judge is scheduled to hear arguments this week about the constitutionality of Wisconsin's new voter photo identification law.

...the state constitution bars only children, felons and the mentally incompetent from voting and the Legislature improperly prohibited a new class of people -- namely, those without IDs -- from voting.
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Judge Richard Niess is set to hear arguments on Thursday.


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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:09 pm

Parisi Proposes Help For Residents Needing Voter ID Cards

In preparation for upcoming elections, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and Dane County Board Chairman Scott McDonell on Thursday announced steps that the county will take to help voters get photo identification they will need to show at the polls to vote.

In order to get a free voter ID from the state, people need a birth certificate.

Parisi and McDonell said they want to waive the cost of getting a birth certificate, making it easier for people to get an ID to vote.

Parisi said the measure is aimed at helping the elderly and other residents who can't afford to pay the $20 fee for their birth certificate.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby snoqueen » Fri Feb 17, 2012 5:56 pm

Now if only the DOT would get a few vans with photo-ID-making equipment, staff them, and go around to assisted living homes, community centers, food pantries, and the like so less-mobile citizens could have ready access.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby fennel » Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:13 pm

snoqueen wrote:Now if only the DOT would get a few vans with photo-ID-making equipment, staff them, and go around to assisted living homes, community centers, food pantries, and the like so less-mobile citizens could have ready access.

I think they should be at every polling station, starting one hour before the polls open.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby rabble » Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:01 pm

fennel wrote:
snoqueen wrote:Now if only the DOT would get a few vans with photo-ID-making equipment, staff them, and go around to assisted living homes, community centers, food pantries, and the like so less-mobile citizens could have ready access.

I think they should be at every polling station, starting one hour before the polls open.

That would be nice. Think they'll be able to float that in this year's budget?

Too bad we can't hold bake sales and flea markets for that kind of thing.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:33 pm

rabble wrote:Too bad we can't hold bake sales and flea markets for that kind of thing.


I thought of this when you posted that:

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Sorry for the hijack.

I doubt if the Walker DOT will try to help qualify those who would most likely cast their ballots for the Dems. There is a reason why his administration has already closed or limited hours in areas of the state that traditionally vote against his interests while adding offices or expanding hours in GOP territory.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby jman111 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:11 pm

TEMPORARY INJUNCTION ISSUED!

A Dane County Judge on Tuesday granted a temporary injunction that bars the enforcement of the state photo ID law at polling places during the general election on April 3.

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/ ... 963f4.html
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:08 pm

The temporary injunction will stay in place until a trial in mid-April, unless it is overturned on appeal. And I'm sure the Walker administration will appeal the injunction.
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