Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
As the photo ID debate begins to heat up, fueled by a small minority opposition that fails to grasp this common sense concept, I think of comments my colleague on MPTV’s InterCHANGE Joel McNally has made about the issue.
McNally who believes that swarms of Democrats will be unable to secure an ID under the imminent law has said several times that Former U.S. Attorney Steve Biskupic and former Milwaukee County DA E. Michael McCann did an investigation and found, according to McNally, “nothing.”
Bruce Murphy of Milwaukee Magazine also pooh-poohs the Biskupic-McCann inquiry, saying that only four people were charged (To alter a famous argument waged by liberals, I submit, “But if we can save just one vote…”). Murphy’s lengthy piece attacking photo ID is his effort to discredit Jeff Stone as a county executive candidate.
My fellow Irishmen simply need to read how the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the findings of the Biskupic-McCann probe on May 11, 2005:
“Investigators said they found clear evidence of fraud in the Nov. 2 (2004) election in Milwaukee, including more than 200 cases of felons voting illegally and more than 100 people who voted twice, used fake names or false addresses or voted in the name of a dead person.”
The newspaper also gave a preview as to why few charges would ultimately be issued.
“Nonetheless, it is likely that many - perhaps most - of those who committed fraud won't face prosecution because city records are so sloppy that it will be difficult to establish cases that will stand up in court.
And even now, three months after the investigation, officials have not been able to close a gap of 7,000 votes, with more ballots cast than voters listed. Officials said the gap remains at 4,609.
(The) announcement comes after a Journal Sentinel investigation that found widespread problems with the election in the city, including that the election totals themselves were not double-checked by city and county panels charged with doing so.”
Photo ID opponents say there’s no evidence of voter fraud. I say show me the evidence that IDs disenfranchise voters. Here is the ultimate argument against photo ID critics.
And if opponents seriously intend to take the upcoming
Finally, I love this comment left by Tom at Bruce Murphy’s web site:
“Oh my God, the only thing that makes a liberal's head explode more than George W. Bush is voter ID. Are you really that concerned that thousands of people will be ‘discouraged’ to vote, whatever that means?
Please come up with a list of actual people who have voted in the past, don't have a valid ID, and will be ‘discouraged’ from getting an ID and voting in the future. I'll volunteer to give a couple of them a ride to the DMV to get a non-driving ID, which my own mother has, and she's 70.
As for felons going to jail for voting, they're actually going to jail for breaking the law. The straw man of 4 people out of 277,000 being prosecuted demonstrates how difficult it is to catch voter fraud. Do you actually think that four, yes four, is the total number of people who in fact voted more than once?
Why aren't people who are against proving who you are when you vote not up in arms about checking out a book at the library, renting a movie at Blockbuster, withdrawing money at a bank, paying with a check at the grocery store, getting a fishing license, and on and on, all of which require a, ‘gasp!’, ID?”