Are they that stupid, think we’re that stupid, or are they just that bad at running government? All three folks.
Nearly one-in-five applicants for a state-issued voter ID have been unable to obtain one ... that of the 61 applicants whose requests were denied, 85 percent were African-American, Latino or Native American.
The well-researched claims voter ID regulations targeted minorities and low income individuals has been borne out by Wisconsinites who tried to get an ID. In an insulting attempt to distract from that reality, the DMV’s administrator claimed they weren’t “considering” race in the petition process, suggesting racial bias after “seeing” the applicant. No, we’re talking about those forced to go to their nearest DMV to exercise their right to vote. WPR:
Kristina Boardman, administrator of the state Division of Motor Vehicles, which gives out the IDs, acknowledged there have been particular challenges locating vital records for some individuals born in the South, the Chicago area and Puerto Rico. She stressed, however, that race isn't considered during the petition process.
Again, that’s not the point. It’s now extremely clear; those who tried to get voter a ID at the DMV were minorities, the intentional target of suppression by Republicans …and they know it.
African-Americans and Latinos make up more than half of those who obtain a free, state-issued ID card after going through a special petition process according to testimony heard in a federal trial on Monday on Wisconsin's controversial voter ID law … lawyers for the plaintiffs focused on racial disparities … despite the fact that those populations make up only 12 percent of the state’s general population.
Boardman did have to openly admit:
"Knowing generally the percentages of races of people in Wisconsin, it is disproportionate," testified Kristina Boardman, administrator of the state Division of Motor Vehicles, which gives out the IDs.
I will continue to use Scott Walker’s own standard for voting, and I’m paraphrasing: Even if one vote is stolen, that's one vote to many. The same should be true for taking even one vote away do to a lack of vital records.
1,389 people have entered the petition process between September 2014, when it was created, and May 12. About 1,100 of those cases have been resolved, resulting in the applicant receiving an ID, 98 cases have been cancelled, 67 are pending and 52 have been denied.And how about Walker's last minute "rule." That can change or go away in an instant, because it it isn't a state law.
Last week, testimony revealed that 85 percent of ID denials since September 2014 were handed to African-Americans or Latinos. Denials occur when the individual and state -- working together -- are unable to find the vital records necessary for an ID.
Boardman also spoke about an emergency rule approved by Gov. Scott Walker earlier this month ... allows individuals working through the petition process to vote by providing them a receipt that serves as valid identification at the polls.Don't forget the arrogant off the cuff comments by Republican state legislators:
Dr. Allan Lichtman has testified ... that changes in Wisconsin's voting laws, particularly the shortening of early voting periods and the elimination of special registration deputies, disproportionately effect minorities and students. He also said Wisconsin politicians have been more open than others across the country about the political intent of the voter ID law.