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Stopped from Voting – Democracy in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin

Stopped from Voting – Democracy in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin

 

After not being allowed to vote yesterday morning, I want to report from the Wisconsin front lines of the draconian voting laws that Republicans have been pushing through state legislatures across the country. For all the focus on stringent requirements to show ID in order to vote, these are not the only measures that impose new limits on voting. States are also curtailing provisions for early voting prior to election day.

Which brings me to my own story. Aside from tomorrow’s Wisconsin presidential primary, there are important local elections in my main home community of Stevens Point. I say “main home” because the office where I work is 300 miles away in Eastern Iowa. With this commute, I am normally out of town during the work week. The recent trend — more accurately “until-recent” — of expanded early voting has helped make sure I can vote despite my nomadic lifestyle. For election days when I’m not home, the clerk’s office at city hall has served as my polling place.

Until this morning, that is. Before heading to Iowa, I stopped off at city hall when it opened at 7:30 and found out that it was too late to vote. The staff told me that state law now closed off my chance to vote on the day before the election. Anyone who has followed these voter laws knows that their stated purpose of protecting against voter fraud — which no one has been able to document — is just a cover story for trying to skew turnout toward the more affluent. The restrictions on early voting strain the credibility of so-called “ballot integrity” even more than the ID requirements. Someone please tell me exactly how it guards against fraud to stop me from voting on Monday morning, rather than Tuesday morning.

 

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11:34AM PDT on Apr 9, 2012

Patrick F.
DUH!

6:41PM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

So, The author didn't bother to check the times when she could vote, and showed up late, and that means that she was stopped from voting?
Please tell me why you didn't do your homework.

9:47PM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

Scott fu

11:48PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

Why doesn't the justice system jump in and save our voting rights??? Democracy is screaming out......HELP!!!!

3:44PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

Some people might not approve of Obama but you have to look at him compared to the others running for POTUS. If your choice were Hitler or Nixon, wouldn't you vote for Nixon?

4:15AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

The Theo-Fascist "Right" may be composed of sociopaths, misanthropes and sadists, but they're not stupid: they know that they will lose most fair fights. The monumentally obscene irony, of course, is that they call themselves "Americans."

9:27PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

When you "know that you are Right" then anything that you do to accomplish your stated goals is also right. As they say "The Ends justify the Means". For the Repubs, this means Lie, Cheat and Steal, and if you know that voters are not going to support what is "Right" then it becomes necessary to prevent them from voting. For their own good, of course.

8:40PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Thomas F: not only are you illiterate, you are ignorant as well. Your sentence claiming everyone knows it is the Green Party, Democrats and Independents are the ones who commit fraud has been proven to be false and in fact it is the Republican, GOP and Tea Party who commit the most fraud.
In fact the fraud they talk about is a red herring.

8:31PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

The Republican party has been becoming less and less popular among the majority of Americans. This has led to fiercer and fiercer fights by them to try to prevent people from voting. When voter turnout is high, Democrats tend to win. But if they can keep lots of people from voting, then they have much better odds. Which puts them at natural odds with democracy. I'm not sure the Democratic party would be better if it were unpopular, but we can't find out, since it is the party favored by most Americans, so it is to the benefit of the Democratic party to encourage voting and fair votes.

6:34PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

What is it about Wisconsin? I have family members there that I love but what is up with the place? The politicians there are a nuttier than a jar of Skippy peanut butter. First there was tail gunner Joe McCArthy and his communist witch hunts in the 1950's. Thank God for Joseph Welch and Edward R. Murrow. Then in the 1970's Judge Simpson who claimed that a girl who was raped in high school deserved it because of the way she was dressed at the time. Now we the new generation of wack jobs from the Badger State Scott Walker and Paul Ryan. Governor Scott Walker took office and immediately started to attack the unions and workers rights. Then we runs to CPAC claiming that if he is not finacially supported in his recall fight that our democracy will fall. He fails miserably the recall proceeds and then he claims is wife is unhappy that he is only earning $140K a year and he wonders if he should return to the private sector where he could make much more money. Then Paul Ryan shows upo with his destroy Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance and Pell Grants in order to give tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires and subsidies to the oil industry. In Wisconsin it appears as if the nuts don't fall to far from the tree. Time to vote democratic. Vote for Rob Zerban. Enough with the politicians who actually have cheese bewtween their ears.

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