Groups speak against legislation ‘rigging the vote’

2013-02-08T06:25:00Z 2013-12-17T10:52:38Z Groups speak against legislation ‘rigging the vote’ALISON BAUTER Journal Times

RACINE — Flanked by supporters with signs reading, “We need more people working, not less people voting,” local and state leaders spoke Thursday against several legislative proposals that they said would “rig the vote” for future elections.

With around 30 in attendance at the George Bray Neighborhood Center, 924 Center St., speakers focused on potential legislative issues including eliminating same-day voter registration, reintroducing state voter identification laws and changing how electoral votes are counted in Wisconsin.

“Every citizen should have the right to vote,” said state Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine. “It just seems like such a basic statement that I can’t believe that we’re actually going to debate about it this year” in the Legislature.

According to Mason, changing laws like same-day registration and implementing voter ID measures makes it harder to ensure equal access to the polls. “It just smacks of a real lack of fairness,” he said.

Racine Mayor John Dickert also spoke Thursday, as well as Assistant City Clerk Donna Deuster, who spoke in favor of maintaining same-day voter registration.

Representatives from local progressive group Community for Change, the AFL-CIO union, Citizen Action of Wisconsin and the Center for Media and Democracy, a liberal investigative reporting outlet, also spoke. Most repeated the press conference’s core message to state political leaders: “We urge (Speaker of the Assembly Robin) Vos and (Gov. Scott) Walker to stop attacking democracy and focus on job creation now.”

That declaration came from Mike Wilder, a staff member for progressive Citizen Action of Wisconsin, which led the press conference Thursday and co-released a report on pending legislative initiatives along with the CMD.

The voting-related issues listed in the groups’ “Rig the Vote” report included several initiatives proposed by national and state Republican leaders. Some, like eliminating same-day voter registration, have since been all but dismissed by state leadership.

Vos responded Thursday: “Right now the Assembly is focused on job creation. The only groups that are bringing up these issues are special interest groups trying to raise money off of people’s fears.”

According to Vos, a Rochester-area Republican, measures like requiring photo ID are about protecting election integrity and ensuring voter confidence in the results.

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(8) Comments

  1. HooksAndBullets
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    HooksAndBullets - February 09, 2013 7:03 am
    Wisconsin has prided itself on clean politics removing barriers to the ballot box. It is hyperpartisan republicans who are doing everything they can to limit your right to vote. Remember that they even tried to charge a "poll tax" to buy the ID they required to vote. It was only under the threat of a constitutional battle in court that GOP lawmakers pulle that provision from their bill.
    Now they are back trying to claw back your ability to register at the polls. Why, because the young, students, elderly, and mobile workers who tend to vote for Democrats move more often and so would be disenfranchised by such a change. Following the shameful gerrymandering by republicans that resulted in GOP victories in the Assembly and Senate despite the fact that 200,000 more Wisconsited cast ballots for Democratice legislative candidates. Voters are fed up with evil republicans steeling elections.
  2. Prairiefire
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    Prairiefire - February 08, 2013 5:19 pm
    If you are reading these comments and are not a rabid partisan yourself, be sure to notice the party preference of the commenters who are trying to make a partisan issue out of our sacred right to vote. Notice who is putting partisan loyalty above loyalty to the most fundamental right of a self-governing people.

    And notice the outrageous extent to which hyperpartisanship takes them: To advance the agenda of their party, they are willing even to denigrate our Constitution, for which so many Americans have fought and died, and try to make others believe that it does not affirm Americans' right to vote!

    If the earlier commenter does not believe a right to vote is affirmed by the popular elections that are mentioned in the body of the Constitution and in the 17th amendment; the "privileges and immunities of citizenship" referenced in Article IV, Section 2; and the equal protection of the law referenced in the 14th Amendment, he must believe that only minorities (15th), women (19th), and people between the ages of 18 and 21( 26th) have the right to vote, because the Constitution is as clear as a bell about them. One more: Weird, don't you think, that the 24th amendment would forbid any state from taxing a right that doesn't exist?

    No other right is mentioned anywhere near as often in our Constitution.

  3. tuco
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    tuco - February 08, 2013 1:33 pm
    Must be a slow legislative day. The tick is out and about, this time blowing a horn that is almost rusted shut. Funny how he chose the "allegedly" most corrupt polling place in the City. It's too bad the fear factor is played in every card by Mr. tick.
    Same day registration is the single cause of the last election being suspicious. Every election is published well in advance. Get registered early and stop the suspicion.
    Voter ID only ensures that you are who say you are and identifies you as a voter! Honestly, how many other situations require an ID card? Everything except our sacred right to vote!
  4. Zorro
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    Zorro - February 08, 2013 1:20 pm
    Republicans pull these stunts when they know they can't win in free and fair elections. Same with redistricting. Their candidates wouldn't have a chance in truly competitive districts because most people recognize snake oil when they see it.
  5. speaking frankly
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    speaking frankly - February 08, 2013 10:07 am
    "We need more people working, not less people voting,” So what does any of this have to do with same day registration? Every voter has plenty of advance notice of voting days, if they are truly serious about their candidate and voting, plan ahead and make sure your are registered in your district. Rounding up strays at the last minute and driving them to the polling places just breeds suspicion.
  6. Newaccount
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    Newaccount - February 08, 2013 8:01 am
    “It just smacks of a real lack of fairness,” Does this mean that "carpetbagger" Mason will introduce a resolution to eliminate the requirement of an ID from my 89 year old mother to get her cold medicine?? What a load!! But heck, that don't buy votes!
  7. Give Me a Break
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    Give Me a Break - February 08, 2013 7:24 am
    The right to vote is not in the constitution. Seriously, go look it up.
  8. ggodmuls
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    ggodmuls - February 08, 2013 7:16 am
    Voting and people working?

    Everybody should have the right to vote?

    PLEASE - provide your definition of everybody - does that include Democrats exchanging cigarettes or other items for votes....

    What is Cory Mason doing for the unemployed African-Americans in his district, after moving from Kinzie Ave. to Michigan Blvd. - so he could continue to represent the SWPL DWL interests in that District?

    Dickert for jobs? Why isn't he lowering taxes and slashing government salaries so everybody gets a piece of the pie? He displays a complete lack of knowledge of how an economy works, and only engages his selfish interests. He is bankrupting the City.

    Symbolism over substance, lots of hot air and photo ops - delusional dreams of marsupial bridges and bike paths..... what a disaster for The City of Racine - Leadership was needed, but was not to be found....

    It's SO fitting...

    “The petty man is eager to make boasts, yet desires that others should believe in him. He enthusiastically engages in deception, yet wants others to have affection for him. He conducts himself like an animal, yet wants others to think well of him.“

    - Xunzi
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