Thursday, November 14, 2013

Lord Valdemort Stroebel's Plan to Limit Voting Hours in Cities.

Something about this doesn't make any sense. Apparently, too many cities voters are turning out, putting the less densely populated rural areas at a disadvantage.

Before you read the following about limiting the hours of early voting in cities that are predominantly Democratic, consider this:
Suppose each early voter takes 5 minutes to cast their ballot, who’s going to need more time (not including more costly staff)?
20 people an hour in a rural area, or 100 people an hour in a city? Remember, each ballot takes 5 minutes.
If we treat urban and rural areas the same, common sense tells you cities will have to disenfranchise lots of voters. That’s called voter suppression.
jsonline: Thousands of people would have to find a new time to vote ahead of major elections, under a bill the state Assembly will take up … (the) measure would limit early voting in municipal clerks' offices to weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. — a move that would effectively end weekend voter drives in Democratic strongholds such as Milwaukee and Madison. But it also would end weekend voting that occurs in some suburbs that are rich with Republican votes.
You know something is wrong when the bill's sponsor has to say over and over how it’s just “common sense” and “fair.” A sell job that is not only insulting, but ridiculously obvious.
John Soper, a spokesman for the bill's lead sponsor in the Assembly, Rep. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) said, "Unless people are allowed to vote 24/7, there must be common-sense guidelines to ensure fairness and equality.” "(The bill) strikes a balance to meet the needs of the diverse types of municipalities around Wisconsin while ensuring standardized and fair elections" … people in rural areas don't have the opportunity to vote on weekends or evenings.
Can we call this a dumb idea? Why can’t rural voters make it out on weekends or evening? Not everyone living in the country is a farmer, and farmers can and will find the time to vote if they want, just like city folks. It doesn't make any sense, no matter how many times Rep. Duey "Lord Valdemort" Stroebel says it does. 

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