State lawmakers are considering a bill that would change when residents can vote. The bill, already approved in the Assembly, would restrict the number of hours clerks can be open for in-person absentee voting: local clerks could only be open for 52.5 hours a week for the two weeks before Election Day, 7:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Authors of the bill said extra hours in cities like Madison and Milwaukee are disenfranchising rural voters whose clerk's offices aren't open as much.
That’s right, area’s with huge populations only get as much time as those sparsely populated rural communities to vote. That makes so much sense, right?
But leave it to a hard working bartender to "Hulk smash" the idea with this brilliant argument:
"The reality is this is a restricting bill," said Mary Oglesby, a bartender from Milwaukee who spoke at a Senate hearing Tuesday. "To say that a smaller community would be disenfranchised by a larger community having extra hours is just a false assumption because if you take away the hours from everyone how does that change anything for the small community? They still don't have the hours."Why didn't our Democratic lawmakers come up with that? From WISC Channel3000-Jessica Arp: