Feb 17, 201603:13 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
What if voters were asked to prove their identity — and they did?
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What if they held a spring primary election Tuesday? What if voters were asked for official identification to prove they were who they said they were? What if the sky didn’t fall?
Brother wizard Charlie Sykes asks: “Can we finally put the Voter ID myths to bed? Tuesday night’s statewide Supreme Court turnout surged 55% over 2013 — a race that did not feature a Voter ID requirement.”
Struggling young writer Christian Schneider observes: “Turnout nearly doubled in the City of Milwaukee, where 60% of Wisconsin’s African-American residents live.”
In Dane County, 72,625 voted Tuesday in a race that featured no mayoral races, no county exec, and few contested county board seats. That’s roughly double any of the spring primaries in previous years: 29,655 in the 2015 spring primary, 2,797 (yes!) in the 2014 primary, 39,256 in 2013, and 38,323 in 2012.
Somehow, Wisconsin survived the race baiting, the vast ALEC and Koch Bros. conspiracy theories, and unremitting lawsuits to ensure the sanctity of the ballot box. In the interests of accountability, let’s round up the usual suspects:
• “The entire voter ID crusade, spearheaded by the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, has had everything to do with suppressing votes among likely Democratic constituencies.” — “Voter ID worst of shameful GOP deeds” — Dave Zweifel in The Corporation that Speaks in the Progressive Voice, Feb. 5, 2016.
• “The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin said the state’s new process for issuing photo IDs for voters is designed to “cause confusion and discourage people from voting.” — Sept. 11, 2014.
• “With Scott Walker leading the charge, Wisconsin Republicans have systematically sought to make voting more difficult and manipulate state law to give themselves a partisan political advantage. These measures include implementing one of the harshest voter ID laws in the nation.” — One Scot Ross’ dark money attack group, May 12, 2013
• “Wisconsin’s voter ID law has nothing to do with stopping the fictitious threat of voter fraud and everything to do with making it harder for more eligible voters to register and vote.” — U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, Feb. 10, 2015.
• “Yeah, it’s a really ugly thing, Juan. … the Governor has signed, the most draconian voter ID law in the country — makes it much harder to vote. … with the purpose of discouraging low-income folks, elderly folks, others who don’t — aren’t as likely to have an ID, from going to the polls. It’s a bad law.” — John Nichols on Democracy Now, May 27, 2011.