I so very much welcomed this news from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.
It has been a consistent problem over the past elections when ‘election observers’ have become most irritating and harmful to the process when they see a fraudulent voter every time a brown or black person seeks to cast a ballot. Cleary there needs to be control brought to the election process, and a green light given to the actual poll workers who do a very good job making sure elections are conducted properly in this state.
Wisconsin should applaud this ruling.
The Elections Board also made a wise decision in keeping partisan and other election observers at least 6 feet away from poll workers. The distance is definitely justified to avoid a circus on Election Day. GAB attorney Mike Haas told board members that some poll observers have become intimidating and aggressive in past elections while challenging poll worker decisions, according to the Associated Press.
Both major political parties and other groups send observers to certain polling places to guard against fraud and to ensure state rules are followed. That’s fine.
But disrupting busy polling sites with nitpicky objections and flimsy suspicions is wrong. And voters deserve some privacy when showing bank statements and other documents that contains account numbers and personal information.
The reality is that scant fraud has occurred at Wisconsin polling sites in the past. And little if any is likely to occur on Nov. 6, given the high risk of violators facing a felony change and low advantage of an extra vote or two.