State Senator Mary Lazich’s Political Hyperbole About Voter ID Law

When I read the Wisconsin State Journal story today  that mentioned State Senator Mary Lazich all I could think of was Ronald Reagan in his bid for the presidency talking about a woman in Chicago who had  eighty names, and thirty addresses in a scheme to cheat the welfare system.

Needless to say Reagan’s rhetoric was all hyperbole, and used for the most base of political motives.  There was no such woman ever found by the media, or dealt with by the legal system.

But as I read the story about Wisconsin’s voter ID law, and the words of Lazich the image of gutter politics stuck in my hand.

Because of reckless and unspecified ‘examples’ of voter fraud from Republican legislators there is now a most undemocratic voter ID law that is in place for citizens to deal with while also waiting the fate of the legal system to rule on regarding it’s constitutionality.

One of the changes taking place around the state concerns banning “corroboration” whereby a new or recently relocated voter can establish residency in a ward and register to vote by having someone vouch for them if they lack an  acceptable document that shows their address.

As a poll worker for a number of years on the UW-Madison campus I can vouch for the need of such a system, and the benefits it provides for younger voters who are both new to the system of casting a ballot, but also eager to participate in our democracy.

But due to State Senator Lazich, and her fellow political manipulators “corroboration” has ended.  And there are negative consequences as result.

Lazich said election clerks told her several years before the law passed that  they worried that “chain corroboration” — large groups of people vouching for  each other — was “out of hand.” Lazich said she didn’t remember which clerks  complained, where the practice occurred or if any voter fraud cases arose from  it.

Of course Lazich can not name which clerks told her, or supply any voter fraud cases from “corroboration” just like there is no other Republican in the legislature who was able to produce any court cases, judge’s rulings, or names of those who cast fraudulent votes.

The reason is that the GOP spun voter fraud as a means to undermine Democratic voting, not due to any voter fraud problem that needed a remedy.  The lack of any court records or media reporting of such events underscores the lack of credibility for the Republicans.

The result however of Republicans searching for a political answer that never had a real problem to solve has caused hardships for voters.

Some students and homeless people have used corroboration, but Hermann-Brown  said new brides and elderly women who move in with adult their children are most  likely to be hurt by the ban when they don’t have utility bills or other common  proofs of residence in their names.

Because of tough economic conditions, many people need to re-register to vote  after moving out of houses and into apartments or into homes of family.

While Republicans could not find examples of voter fraud Democrats around the state can locate countless examples of the political chicanery taking place from conservatives using legislative over-reach.

The corroboration ban tripped up would-be voters — including young people  whose parents were there to vouch for them — in the June 5 gubernatorial recall  election, according to the League of Women Voters in Wisconsin.

A River Falls man who had moved in with his girlfriend but didn’t change his  address or have any utilities in his name was unable to register to vote even  though the chief election inspector at the polling place knew him well, said  Carolyn Castore of Milwaukee, who coordinated 150 observers across the  state.

“It chagrined the chief inspector because that man lived next door to her and  had shoveled her sidewalk last winter,” according to a league report on problems  at the polls.

River Falls City Clerk Lu Ann Hecht said she hadn’t heard about the incident,  but it didn’t surprise her.

“Election workers are diligent and follow the rules, but voters don’t know  the rules,” Hecht said. “If the Legislature could spend a whole day at the  polls, they could get a feeling for what’s really happening.”

6 thoughts on “State Senator Mary Lazich’s Political Hyperbole About Voter ID Law

  1. Solly

    Lazich reminds me of Sen Joe Leibham and Rep. Jeff (Scott Wanker Wannabe) Stone posing for holy pictures in front of a house in Milwaukee, saying a resident had illegally voted in Wis. in their attempt to justify the millions of taxpayer dollars that voter i.d. is costing this state. Turns out the kid who voted from that address was a seminarian (temporarily) in Illinois, and legitimately and legally voted in the Wisconsin precinct. But, that didn’t come out until after the news cameras left and articles were written. That’s why the repugnants were so irate that Candy Crowley corrected Mittens in the last debate. They want to throw around their reckless charges in front of 60 million people, and then the corrections can come when no one is paying attention. I wonder if Mary Lazich has a list of 51 communists in the State Department too………….

  2. CommonCents

    Lazich is disgusting, along with Leibham and Stone, and all the Republicans who lie about voter fraud. Diane Hermann-Brown’s insight in the WSJ article was good. Too bad she was not elected our Dane County Clerk. As she pointed out in the article and you did in your blog, corroboration was a great thing for our democracy. It is a shame that Republicans do not want every to share the right -to-vote.

  3. Alan

    As a Chief Election Inspector of many years standing, I have always maintained that NO ONE should be selected to serve on the Government Accountability Board with out working at least one full presidential election as an Election Inspector. And I do mean, the full 6 AM to whenever the polls are closed and the ballots counted. Without such experience, the board is making rules in a vacuum, often in a very politicized rarefied atmosphere.

  4. windy33

    the only voter fraud to date is one of walkers goons robin voss. his wife was busted for voter fraud. and mary lazich needs to check herself into an old peoples home because she is so senile and very hatefull. she hates herself and everyone else. she is one very hatefull misserable person who needs to permanently go away. this old hag needs to be voted out and replaced witha real careing human person

  5. Alinka


    would you mind elaborating a little bit on your experience as a Chief Inspector? I am very interested in all you would like to share and what you consider valuable for voters to know. 🙂 Thanks in advance.

  6. I can assure you, and my other readers that poll workers are diligent and most respectful of the voting process.

    I am not inflating myself here, but speaking about those I have worked alongside during the many years I served the city on Election Day. The people I worked with were determined to do the job so the results reflected the will of the people who cast their votes.

    While I served as the chief polling inspector it was my duty to make sure all the materials were on hand, everything arranged on election day per the requirements, every voter need attended to (which included assistance for a blind voter), making sure all votes were tabulated, and the results taken to the city clerks office.

    When I was in charge I also always brought my team a bunch of donuts of various types. I found that always made everyone more pleasant at 7:00 A.M.!!

    I can also tell you that when I first started there were the old metal polling machines that made me think of the black and white images of when JFK was elected, and when they faltered for one reason or another the back portion needed to be opened and whatever had slipped inside such as someone’s pen or such had to be dislodged.

    No one was happier than those of us who had such memories to welcome the new voting machines that make the voters and poll workers so much more pleased at voting time.

    Most of my time I worked on the UW-Madison campus and from that experience I can make several points.

    Voters are eager to cast a ballot, and should be respected for their duty to country to show up and vote. I came from the mindset that unless there was a clear reason they should not vote (not of age or living in the different voting area, etc) they should be viewed as honest and allowed to cast a ballot. I did not go out of my way to find ways to disenfranchise a voter, and can tell you that such behavior today makes me very upset.

    I think that allowing someone to vouch for another voter is a very good idea, and in the dorm sections of the campus something that allows new voters who are not always mindful of how to bring certain bills with address etc, but who still desire to play a part in our democracy, can do so.

    I also am a firm believer in early voting. Though I am old enough to understand the nostalgic reasons for going to the polling place on Election Day I also can tell you the grind it takes on both the voters and poll workers to register countless voters at the time of balloting. When there is a shortage of poll workers, and a long line of voters waiting to be registered it becomes very clear why early voting makes sense.

    Hope this answers your question, if not, please just ask me.

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