Dad, husband, baseball coach, writer, community activist and crappy guitar player...I tend to stand a little to the left on most issues. I don't get my news from Fox "News" - and neither should you.
On May 25th Governor Scott Walker signed into law the controversial Voter ID Bill that Republicans claim is needed to combat the overwhelming amount of voter fraud in Wisconsin.
Democrats have been saying all along that the Voter ID Law signed by Governor Walker is designed not to fight voter fraud, but rather to disenfranchise likely progressive and liberal voters. Republicans say only the far-left wing of the Democratic party is charging "Voter-Supression" and that the bill is fair.
Now, other non-partisan groups like the League of Women Voters has come out very strongly against the Voter ID Bill:
" . . . the bill was not advanced to address any documented threat to election integrity. Nor was it adopted to help eligible citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote. It was written to restrict voting, particularly by certain groups including citizens who are elderly, disabled, low-income and/or
students. One need look no further than the way the bill was passed to see that.
At a time when the majority in the Legislature is cutting funding for needed services, they pushed
through this unneeded and unfair election bill which will waste tax dollars at the state and local
government levels. They cited an “emergency” situation to ensure that parts of the law would be
implemented in time to restrict voting in the Senate recall elections this summer."
~ League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, May 25, 2011
But hey, what to women know about voter supression anyway? They've always had the right to vote in this country haven't they?
Here are the FACTS:
- Only 20 people in Wisconsin were charged with voter fraud stemming from the 2008 elections, and 11 of those were felons casting votes, which will is an issue NOT addressed by the new Voter ID Law. One man was charged with illegally obtaining an absentee ballot in his dead wife's name so he could fulfill her dying wish to vote for then candidate Barack Obama.
- The total cost of educating citizens and implementing the Voter ID Law is expected to rise to between $5 and $7 million dollars. At a cost of $7,000,000 divided by 20 instances of voter fraud, that equals $350,000 per occurrence of taxpayer money.
Maybe a sales tax on the cream puff, Senator Lazich's "official state dessert" will help raise the $7 million needed to disinfranchise the disabled, the poor, the old and the minorities who will likely find it much more difficult to cast their votes in the future. Do we really want to live in a society where it will be easier to carry a loaded gun to a little league game than it will be to cast a simple vote?