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Apr 6, 201602:04 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Republican voter suppression fails; polls are swamped

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Tuesday, April 5, was a bad day in Wisconsin for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (although he did get six of the 42 delegates). It was even worse for the partisan Cassandras peddling the scare story that the voter ID law enacted by the Republican legislature and governor, in force for the first time, suppressed voting.

If those mean old Republicans are trying to keep grandma from the voting booth, they failed miserably. Wisconsin’s turnout rate was the most for any Wisconsin Primary since 1972.

If the conservative forces of darkness were setting snare traps for the young, black, differently abled, and genitally conflicted, how was it that Wisconsin’s turnout “easily bested that of any state that has voted this year except for New Hampshire”? So reports Craig Gilbert at the Milwaukee news stand. (1972 was the first presidential election in which 18-year-olds could vote.)

If voters somehow dodged the alligator-infested moats surrounding Wisconsin polling places, how did a near-record 49% of all eligible voting-age citizens vote in this spring primary?

Days before the primary, former abortion industry lobbyist Chris Taylor obsessed “Why is the GOP obsessed with Making it Harder to Vote?” The lady now serves in the state Assembly from Madison’s isthmus. To be charitable, Rep. Taylor wrote this before 66.9% of all registered voters in Dane County cast ballots; 234,681 citizens voted.

Four days before the voting, The Nation magazine (where the sky is always falling) warned (or hoped?) that “Wisconsin’s Voter-ID Law Could Block 300,000 Registered Voters From the Polls.” Yet 2.1 million voters squeaked through the gauntlet of Republican halberds and maces.

“Voter suppression is alive and well in Wisconsin,” reads the latest conspiracy mongered by one Bill Berry of Stevens Point, as printed by the Corporation that Speaks in the Progressive Voice. The day after voters busted wide open the most optimistic predictions of the state’s election clerks.

Bad timing would be the charitable explanation but one suspects the thought was subservient to the partisan wish. The white lab coats here at the Policy Werkes reach this conclusion because the Left’s agit-propaganda verged on dirty tricks intended, perversely, to suppress voting to prove their own partisan point.


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Apr 6, 2016 03:00 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, your argument relies on the supposition that everyone who wanted to vote in Tuesday's primary actually did. If the state achieved near-record voter turnout with voter ID, one could ask how much higher it could have been without voter ID.

But I actually don't want to beat the voter ID dead horse. It's here, I'm dealing with it.

Instead, I'd like to focus on something I'd hope we can both agree on. How disappointing is it that only 49% of voting eligible Wisconsinites actually voted, and that's considered a near record? Far too many people take our right to vote for granted and the current state of our political system is the result.

Apr 6, 2016 03:36 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

Oh, I am certain that not everyone who wanted to vote Tuesday did. But those who were accredited did and there were record numbers of them. Including the fellow who is named in the Democrats' lawsuit. The Nation magazine complained that "Wisconsin's Voter I.D. Laws Caused Major Problems" but then admitted, "If Wisconsin did not have election-day registration, thousands of voters would have been turned away."

Of course, that we DO have election-day registration is the point.

Apr 6, 2016 05:22 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

And we had election-day registration before voter ID. Poor job at rationalization, dave.

Apr 6, 2016 05:27 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Dave, how about the Todd Allbaugh account of the State Senate GOP caucusing on the final "voter ID" bills. They were openly gleeful at the idea of suppressing (Democratic) votes. Closed caucus. Eyewitness leadership staffer. Voter fraud never existed. Everyone knows this was the purpose of the law. Another GOP dog whistle. Talk about The Big Lie. Disgusting. Lines yesterday were immense at many locations; how many were discouraged and left? You don't know. The voting process was slowed with all the new requirements to fix a problem that doesn't exist. Oh how the GOP hates easy, convenient voting for the masses.

Apr 6, 2016 07:16 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hey, davarino, did you see what your guy grothman said about voter ID ?? You gonna dismiss that or go as far as calling GG the fool that he is??

Apr 7, 2016 08:10 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

May I ask a slightly different question to Anon?

Folks probably don't head out to vote because - let's take the ballot in Madison as an example - a majority of the candidates ran un-opposed. There was choice for Pres, Supreme Court. But other judges, school board, etc. all had one single choice.

So is the state of our political environment the fact that 49% vote? Or is the state of our political environment the fact that we have zero choice?

Apr 7, 2016 09:59 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

My insurance agent contacted me yesterday to inform me that their loss prevention department has recommended increased premiums in view of Everett MItchell's election as judge. I'm considering leaving Madison.

- area businessman

Apr 7, 2016 12:46 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska's argument is thus: Since a lot of people who look like me and vote like I do voted, there is no problem with the Voter ID law blocking access to the ballot box.

Maybe he's right. I'll wait for real data (turnout in particular areas of the state where people are less likely to have drivers licenses, education, well-paying jobs or a tendency to vote Republican) before forming my conclusion. It's coming.

We all know why Voter ID was passed and Blaska Buddy (TM) Glenn Grothman confirmed as much. It gives Republicans a better chance to win elections. Straight up, no chaser.

Apr 8, 2016 02:17 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Anon 09:59 is lying unless he can prove otherwise. I doubt he can prove he owns a business.

Apr 9, 2016 07:33 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

bs blaska again, I have two parents in southern Wisconsin , upper eighties that did not vote. lines to long for them to stand outside.

another bs blaska tale.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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