Sunday, June 22, 2014

Walker, GOP Voter Suppression Already Working In Wisconsin

Voter ID and restricted early voting hours in Wisconsin got a lot of needed publicity and legal attention, but one of the less visible Walkerite voting suppression monkey-wrenches - - the summer primary now smack-dab in prime vacation time - - is having the desired effect.

Wisconsin's pre-November election primary had traditionally been in September.

But Republicans moved it to August - - this year it's August 12th - - because that's when Democratic-leaning students are still at home, or at out-of-town internships or summer schools or jobs - - and families are busy planning or escaping town for that last vacation trip before school starts.

I've been doing some leafleting and campaign event planning for Jonathan Brostoff, a young progressive Democrat running for the seat in Assembly District 19, and many people have brought up to me that the primary date - - especially important in a district where the primary winner is probably the November winner, too - - is a new inconvenience.

Others were unaware that the September primary date is no more.

Moving the date was a cynical ploy deliberately crafted by voting suppressionist Republicans under Walker's direction to confuse voters and dampen turnout.

If de-democratize is a word, that's what Walker, his legislative allies and funders are all about.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The change was because WI had to comply with federal law, to give people in the military enough time to receive and return absentee ballots. Minnesota had the same situation & changed their primary date as well.

http://ballotpedia.org/New_federal_law_may_force_Wisconsin_to_switch_its_primary_election_date

Not a fan of the republicans voter suppression, but they weren't the ones driving this.

Anonymous said...

They sure are afraid of having a government of the people, by the people and for the people.