Saturday, November 24, 2012

Selling Voter Suppression; Walker Authority Fitting legislation around Ideology despite Tax increases, Higher Future Infrastructure costs and ending same day registration.

Selling bad ideas with catch phrases like “making tough decisions,” “courage” and “we need real leaders” has worked well so far, but there’s got to be a point when people start to catch on.

Republicans are devising every excuse in the book to expand government by increasing regulation around same day registration.

The 36 year old same day voter registration law will probably fall under Walker for no other reason than to suppress the vote. Even though it runs counter to the GOP’s most popular talking points; reckless spending and increased government regulation, the Walker Authority is determined to maintain its political majority.

In one of the more surreal, phony and least thought out excuses yet by Walker:
Walker said asking poll workers to also register voters made for too much work, and "it'd be much better if registration was done in advance of Election Day."
Just watch as Walker, Sen. Scott Fitzgerald and Rep. Robin Vos pass repeal in the face of overwhelming opposition:
WSJ: The state's municipal clerks — the ones who run elections — are not looking to be relieved of the extra work, said Diane Hermann-Brown, election communications chairwoman for the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks' Association. In fact, eliminating the practice would create a "heavy burden" on municipalities and the state, said Hermann-Brown, who is the city clerk in Sun Prairie. "There's no way we'd be in favor of that," she said.

If same-day registration were eliminated, the state would no longer be exempt from a whole raft of federal provisions, including requiring state social-service agencies and driver's license bureaus to register voters. Clerks also would be required to issue provisional ballots to voters whose registrations could not immediately be verified … Such ballots require extra effort by both clerks and voters before they can be counted. And large numbers of uncounted provisional ballots means election results could be delayed by days.

Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl said "It takes about a minute to process such a registration, then it's in the system for the next election." Between 100,000 and 450,000 Wisconsinites register at the polls each general election, or between 7 percent and 20 percent of all voters.

The GAB is expected to discuss the issue Dec. 18.
I thought this comment presented the best argument against the whole idea:
Hermann-Brown said "The vote is the single most critical act in our democratic system of government ... (and) voter registration was not intended to and should not prevent voting."

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