Restricting Voting Access — Guess Where the GOP Is Doing It Now?

paul-ryan-wiscRemember how just a couple months back, in what could be considered a Republican attempt at sabotaging the race for governor, nearly 40,000 people were purged from Virginia’s voter rolls? Well, the Republican Party is at it once again, and this time it’s Wisconsin. Yes, Wisconsin – the home of two of the most reviled GOP politicians in all of America. I’m speaking of the union-crushing, Koch Brothers darling Governor Scott Walker and Congressman Paul “Ayn Rand is required reading for my staffers” Ryan.

From the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel:

In a late-night session that stretched from Thursday into Friday, Republicans in the state Assembly approved measures to reinstate Wisconsin’s voter ID law, tighten early voting hours, limit the ability to recall elected officials, create anti-abortion license plates and restrict access to the site of a proposed iron mine in the North Woods.

Oh yeah, and this also happened:

Tensions flared after Democrats attempted to take up a bill honoring the children killed last year at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Republicans rejected taking that up and then advanced the bill on anti-abortion license plates, even though they had said earlier they wouldn’t take it up.

Let me summarize this for you. Make it harder for people to vote? Check. Make it harder for people to recall unpopular politicians like Scott Walker? Check. Create license plates that will fund an anti-choice group? Absolutely. Keep environmentalist protestors away from property which will be used by a private company for mining? Of course. Pass a simple resolution remembering the people who died at Sandy Hook Elementary? Absolutely freaking… not.

If you’re a Republican politician, here’s how you’d spin it to the media. Via the Washington Post:

Rep. Duey Stroebel (R), one of the bill’s lead sponsors, said standardizing early voting hours would level the playing field for voters in rural counties, where clerks sometimes don’t have the staff to keep polls open over weekends, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported. But Democrats say the move is nothing more than an attempt to cut turnout rates in urban areas.

Wisconsin went for Barack Obama by almost 7 percentage points and over 200,000 votes in 2012. In that same election, Tammy Baldwin became the first woman and first openly gay person to be elected to the United States Senate. Her margin of victory was a bit slimmer, and just like President Obama, much of her support came from the urban areas of Wisconsin.

Making it harder for people to vote isn’t a new thing in Wisconsin – there have been previous laws passed that are being fought in court. So to get around a judge’s ruling on the photo ID portion of the last piece of legislation, they just passed a new bill which will have to be litigated all over again.

Why are they so desperate to keep people from voting? These laws are being passed in the name of “preventing fraud,” or in the case of cutting voting hours, they claim it’s to “level the playing field” for rural voters. It isn’t about preventing fraud or leveling the playing field, it’s about making sure that as many people as possible who might vote for a Democrat are prevented from doing so. Remember that in Amercia (the mythical land where trickle down economics actually works), Democrats only win because of voter fraud and Black Panthers keeping good conservative white people from voting. Yes, that was sarcasm and is satire but I think you get what I’m saying.

Voter fraud is the go-to “strawman” argument for these laws, even though actual instances of voter fraud in the United States are extremely rare and certainly not enough to influence the outcome of any election. However, as the GOP’s base continues to be eroded by the winds of time and the actions of their “wacko bird” contingent, their only way of winning is to lie, steal and cheat like hell whenever and wherever possible.


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  • Connie Kay

    It’s getting really scarey over there. Probably coming to a state near you very soon.

    • langranny

      Already in Kansas, but we are working on changing it in 2014…

      • Connie Kay

        Good luck! Hopefully Michigan is not next!

    • Alain Bos

      The trickling down of society isn’t restricting itself just to a region , state , or country , it’s is happening all over the world. There are more & more laws being installed every day. All these laws restrict the freedom of movement off every citizen (wherever in the world) …. Still , since we chose to experience or even participate in this specific time-frame of our planet , we should consider to enjoy a little of what is happening. As some philosophies teach us to reduce the impact that some events have in our life , they say : “It’s not so bad , don’t take life so serious…” – Probably coming straight from the place that’s created by the enlightened ones….” <3 4 ALL !!

  • Octavia Smith

    Damn liberals

    • Pat

      damn Republicans pulling this stuff to make the “damn” liberals talk about it.

      • Alain Bos

        Damn Pat for he has got an opinion !! Can’t we make a law that prohibits people for having an opinion ?? No ? hm we should , because politicians can work a lot faster if there is no trouble with what they do… So ban all opinions and only accept the truth… until there’s legislation to prohibit that to… long live the people (unless they cost money…) Brought To You By : “I’m not anonymous, I am with many , we do forgive but we don’t forget !! ever !! (not saying the work Anonymous is wrong or futile but in the end Anonymous and it’s supporters (me incl.) will suffer from the legacy brought on by not forgiving … ) <3 4 ALL ! Stay strong and stay alive !!

  • William Bell

    Can we get a Third world country to monitor our elections , now?

    • Alain Bos

      hehe , Not to hurt in any way but : “You will soon be a 3rd world country so, you no longer need foreign help , but you will qualify for foreign aid…” I’m really sorry , I’m aware that this is a bad joke and I shouldn’t even think about such “nonsense” but I thought your remark was just begging for my repley… <3 U America !! Stay strong and stay alive !!

  • Joseph Sacramento

    I say this Come out and vote early on voting day . Then vote for Democrats. Fire all those Koch funded republicans in office now. Its simple people .They are evil we are good

    • Alain Bos

      I aggre itsa simpel poeple who donot belung her !!
      Remoof all thoos in power and let poeple rool (caus we good poeple right !)
      Than poeple have no fear caus we are here !! 🙂
      We love the poeple and do not do bad , so … aggree we all do ?
      They are bad, we are good , so no problem yes ?
      love all men & women with everything you want…
      Be strong in bad times and happy caus it feel good…
      Bey !-)

  • Sue Zachary

    Our poor country…God have mercy on us and open the eyes of self centered politicians. Get people in office who truly care about all of America not jst the lobbiests. Dont we matter any more???

    • Alain Bos

      Hello Sue, It is not a question if we do or do not matter… In your post you are dividing people between good and bad… 1st politicians , then people who care and don’t care and you end by dividing the good and bad by saying that you question if good people even have a right to be important… Keyword is “dividing” …. We are inhabitants of this planet and should be able to out our opinion and have assurance that we listened…. Long Live Us All and May We All Be Blessed …

  • Matthew Reece

    Don’t forget the efforts of Republicans in Ohio to knock the Libertarian Party off the ballot.

    • Paid Koch Troll

      Shhhh, don’t tell anyone our plans.

  • CalFit

    What a bunch of poppycock.

  • Jerry Person

    The real scott walker Scott Walker remembers creating jobs as assemblyman in Wisconsin . It was easy with ALEC. 32000 UNION public sector jobs. It is not as easy this time with out using your tax dollars. Scott Walker has created ALL Wisconsin`s budget problems working for ALEC. In 1997 Walker and Prosser as state assemblymen championed for ALEC with truth in sentencing telling the legislatures it would not cost a dime it was to give judges not parole boards the control over sentencing. Then Walker filibustered to stop sentencing changes after the fact misleading ALL the legislatures. With out the sentencing changes Wisconsin`s prisons quadrupled over night. Most people sentenced to 2 years now had to serve as much as 6o years. It shows Wisconsin has wasted 100 billion if you add the numbers to the state budget since 1997. Not including the building new or remodeling of 71 courthouses & 71 county jails & 441 police stations and dozens of prisons 28 billion plus interest. The total is over 28 BILLION plus the 60 Billion spent by social services to support prisoners families because the bread winner was a political prisoner as US Att gen Eric Holder explained. Then farming out prisoners in several states until the courts realized it was not allowed in the Wisconsin constitution. Wisconsin then hired 32000 union public sector workers to fill the jobs housing the prisoners from deputies , judges, district attorneys all owe Walker for creating there jobs. 32000 UNION PUBLIC SECTOR JOBS. This cost taxpayers over 3.8 billion or a half million per day to house these EXTRA prisoners per day in Milwaukee county alone. Wisconsin claims it has 24,000 prisoners compared to Minnesota`s 5500. Wisconsin`s corrections population is 104,000 with many in half way house and county jails and county prisons that are not counted.