We've all been behind someone in a line that seems to take forever, right. Well, bring something to read, because that’s what it’ll be like when you vote early.
The completely unnecessary Walker voter suppression law rarely gave us a clear picture of what it would be like waiting in line.
With no logical reason behind it except their down-the-rabbit-hole logic that early voting should be “uniform” statewide, city clerk’s not only opposed the law but laid out the following problems:
Chippewa Herald: For Madison, the new law will reduce in-person absentee voting from 127 hours before statewide elections to 110, with the loss of weekend hours more likely to affect low-income voters who work two shifts during the week or lack transportation or child care to vote during the week, according to City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl. She added that voters can expect longer lines and more delays ... because her staff will also have to take care of their regular business during the week. “When we’re open for absentee voting on the weekend, all we’re doing is absentee voting,” Witzel-Behl said. “We’re able to be more efficient that way because we’re focused on one thing.”
Walker did line-item-veto the incredibly deceptive limit of 45 hours of early voting sandwiched within the 55 hour, 8 am-7 pm “window” of opportunity. Even my conservative friend didn't get it until I explained it to him 3 or 4 times.
Did the Republicans carry out the will of the people regarding early voting? Doesn't look like it: 66% of those same people liked the current hours/liked even more hours:
A Marquette Law School poll found respondents supported more early voting, rather than less. 39% said three weeks with three weekends; 27% favored two weeks with one weekend; Only 12 percent supported the new rules, though 20 percent said they support no early voting.
There were 32% of the people who have soured on the idea of voting. Perhaps soon Republicans will demand “certainty” when it comes to running for office.