There is something very smelly taking place in Wisconsin. Once again the stench is coming from the Walker Administration.
As many state residents know there was a needless voter identification bill passed this year by the Republican controlled legislature, and signed into law by Governor Scott Walker. No Republican that was hell-bent on passing the law could find any great voter fraud in the state, or stolen elections to use as a reason to pass the bill. All the same the GOP claimed the change in voting procedures were needed to safeguard the election process.
Under the new law that will be fully activated in 2012 voters will be required to show photo identification at the polls.
At the time the legislature was debating the measure many who disagreed with the voter ID measure said that the change was all about disenfranchising voters. Now there is flaming evidence to support that argument.
An internal memo sent by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation instructs workers not to offer free state identification cards needed for voting unless people ask for them first.
The memo was sent by one of the Republican Party faithful that works within the DOT.
Steven Krieser, now the new executive assistant at the agency, stated in the memo he authored that no one should offer a free card unless asked.
“While you should certainly help customers who come in asking for a free ID to check the appropriate box, you should refrain from offering the free version to customers who do not ask for it.”
I thought the whole thrust for having the voter identification law in place was to stop the onslaught of out-of-control voter fraud plaguing the state. Surely state agencies that are part of the law’s functioning should make all efforts to stem the ‘problems’ the law was aimed at preventing. Right?
Could it be that the critics of this law were correct from the start? Could this whole law pushed by the Republicans been all about voter disenfranchisement?
Data shows that nothing nefarious is happening at the polling places in Wisconsin. NOTHING. There are no streams of voters pretending to be someone else, or voting twice. There are no throngs of folks using fake aliases to cast a ballot, and there are no elections that have been decided by all these wild claims. The only drama that is taking place regarding elections are when Republicans breathlessly try to gin up their base with false-hoods about voter fraud.
Now that they passed the bill they wanted, the GOP is working to make parts of it not function smoothly!
The stench of state government is spreading across Wisconsin.
Next year, due to actions of this type by the GOP at the DOT, the voters are going to clean out the barn.