Saturday, June 8, 2013

Money in Elections about to get Worse, in exchange for Online Voter Registration.

In this case, both sides are conspiring to take in double the amount of campaign contributions currently allowed by law. Why?

For online voter registration.
jsonline: Democrats and Republicans in the Assembly are working together on a bill that would double the amount donors can give politicians and allow voters to register online. It's a surprise collaboration that emerged just days after Democrats reacted with outrage at a public hearing to an earlier version of the bill from Republicans. 

The original plan to overhaul election laws, by Rep. Jeff Stone (R-Greendale), were dropped in the new version of the bill, which is sponsored by Stone, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester), Rep. Fred Kessler (D-Milwaukee) and Rep. Terese Berceau (D-Madison).
In a change that would affect everyday voters, people with valid Wisconsin driver's licenses could register to vote on a secure state website up to 20 days before an election. Backers say it is a key way to boost turnout. 


  1. Well, clearly, for better or worse the Dems decided to bargain in order to save Voter ID. But also: Some Dem leaders actually WANT more campaign cash in the system (c.f. Mike Tate). It may be a bad bargain, since the courts may yet shoot down the current Voter ID law, but on paper it's not a bad exchange, and Dems took advantage of Robin Vos' professed desire for bipartisanship on the election "reform" package. Sounds like Dems got something in exchange for that bipartisanship, which is nothing other than realpolitik.

  2. You're right, it's not a bad deal since so much other money is already in the system. I should have made that clear in my post.

  3. Seems the politicians are more interested in the money.