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Sham Firing Of Chris Larsen Underscores Stench In Governor Walker’s Administration

September 8, 2011

There are scenarios one could never make up to match the real world that plays out everyday in Madison.

That is more and more the case when looking at the antics that is taking place in Governor Walker’s version of state government that seems to be running amok.

The latest example is what has happened to Chris Larsen.

A low-level state employee was fired Thursday after he sent an email to his fellow employees telling them about the state Department of Transportation’s policy on giving out free photo identification cards for voting.

Chris Larsen, who had worked in the mail room at the state Department of Safety and Professional Services, sent an email Thursday morning to all employees at the agency’s headquarters explaining that the DOT would provide photo IDs to people only if they specifically asked to have the fee waived.

A couple of hours later, Larsen was fired.

Larsen, 38, sent his email to fellow employees at his workplace after learning of the policy. He said he sent it so others would know they could get free IDs if they needed them to vote.

Larsen said a supervisor told him his use of email was inappropriate. He said he’d held the job since December as a limited-term employee.

As I wrote late last night the voter ID bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature was nothing more than an effort to disenfranchise voters.    When one looks at the text of the email that Larsen sent it becomes clear that the noose it tightening around those who are attempting to use election laws to undermine voter turnout.  Larsen was merely underscoring the letter of the law that passed, and alerting all to how the  measure was designed to function.   There should no problem promoting a Republican idea, is there?

Unless the real intent of the law in the first place was to undermine voters having full and unfettered access to the ballot box by placing hoops in the way.

Republicans would never do that, would they?

Here’s the full text of Larsen’s email:

“Do you know someone who votes that does not have a State ID that meets requirements to vote? Tell them they can go to the DMV/DOT and get a free ID card. However they must ask for the free ID. a memo was sent out by the 3rd in command [Steve Kreiser] of the DMV/DOT. The memo specifically told the employees at the DMV/DOT not to inform individuals that the ID’s are free. So if the individuals seeking to get the free ID does not ask for a free ID, they will have to pay for it!!

“Just wanted everyone to be informed!! REMEMBER TO TELL ANYONE YOU KNOW!! ANYONE!! EVEN IF THEY DON’T NEED THE FREE ID, THEY MAY KNOW SOMEONE THAT DOES!! SO TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!”

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