During my life I have been involved in varying ways with politics, and the democratic process. I trust that I added my dose of assistance in helping to allow the process of democracy to work just a tad smoother. I trust that something positive was achieved from the many years that I worked as a polling official on Election Day, to the grass-roots campaigns where I knocked on doors or made phone calls.
That should be the goal of everyone who is fortunate enough to grow up in the United States. I feel that we all should be providing something back to this country while working to make lives better for our fellow citizens. If we do that one of the end results will be the strengthening of democracy. All this need not feel like a Frank Capra film, but all the same I think it is something we all should strive to do at some point in our lives.
Having said that there are those who strive to make a difference, but not for the better of this state or nation. Instead their motives are to make sure a political touch-down is scored. Such was the case when Wisconsin Republicans had a solution in search of a problem when it came to voting in elections.
There is not now, nor has there ever been, a long list of offenders when it comes to election fraud in the Badger State. In fact, there are very few such cases that can be held up as an example. But to have heard the GOP tell the story earlier this year when they rammed a voter ID bill through the legislative process there was nothing but pure mayhem lurking about at polling places. I can state no such mayhem ever was seen by myself when working the polls.
With more time and reflection I sincerely think citizens are waking up to the folly of what the voter ID bill is all about. This morning a news story hit the paper about one of the side effects of this misguided politically-oriented law that impacts the right of a person to vote in an easy fashion.
I sure would like a Wisconsin Republican who pushed for this law to explain to me how this allows for the process of democracy to work just a tad smoother. I suspect Ruthelle Frank wonders the same thing.
Ruthelle Frank was born on Aug. 21, 1927, in her home in Brokaw. It was a hard birth; there were complications. A doctor had to come up from Wausau to see that she and her mother made it through.
Frank ended up paralyzed on the left side of her body. To this day, she walks with a shuffle and doesn’t have much use of one arm.
Her mother recorded her birth in the family Bible. Frank still has it. A few months later, when Ruthelle was baptized, her mother got a notarized certificate of baptism. She still has that document, too.
What she never had – and in 84 years, never needed – was a birth certificate.
But without a birth certificate, Frank cannot get a state ID card. And without a state ID card, according to Wisconsin’s new voter ID law, she won’t be able to vote next year.