Thursday, October 27, 2016

National media reports show Wisconsin GOP led voting suppression

[Updated from 3:26 p.m., 10/26] State officials ordered by federal judge to find ID-seekers improperly turned away at DMV offices; federal election oversight sought.

[Updated from 5:30 p.m., 10/25] Our intentionally-corrupted state with Scott Walker at the helm is leading the news today. 

From The New York Times:

MADISON, Wis. — It seemed a clear victory for voting rights advocates in July when a federal court invalidated much of Wisconsin’s restrictive elections law, concluding that it discriminated against minorities by requiring voters to produce photo ID cards that blacks and Latinos too often lack. The remedy was straightforward: Henceforth, the state was to “promptly issue a credential valid as a voting ID to any person” who applied for one. 
But this month when Treasure Collins visited one of the Wisconsin motor vehicle offices that issue IDs, she found something entirely different.
And today, separately from a story spreading across the Internet originating with discoveries made by One Wisconsin Institute and published in The Nation:
A City Clerk Opposed an Early-Voting Site at UW–Green Bay Because ‘Students Lean More Toward the Democrats’
Walker policies and allies are throughout these stories.


Updated with past articles

*  Behind closed doors, Republicans were giddy over voter ID's partisan opportunities.

*  In a separate interview, Glenn Grothman, a former Wisconsin GOP state senator promoted to the US Congress said the voter ID law would help a Republican presidential candidate win Wisconsin this November.

And Wisconsin Republicans and their allies have acknowledged using suppressionist laws and tactics for partisan benefit:

Deep in a trove of leaked documents made public this week was the latest example of Republican candor over voter ID laws — this time in Wisconsin.
There, as a tight race for election to the state’s Supreme Court came to a close in April 2011, conservative leaders wondered aloud how to respond should Justice David Prosser Jr. — a reliable opponent of legal challenges to the agenda of Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican — go down in defeat.
A senior vice president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce, Steve Baas, had a thought. “Do we need to start messaging ‘widespread reports of election fraud’ so we are positively set up for the recount regardless of the final number?” he wrote in an email on April 6 to conservative strategists. “I obviously think we should.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

PROPAGANDA ALERT: Scott Walker's BFF -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The NYT article you cite and link to carries this headline: As ID Laws Fall, Voters See New Barriers Rise

And the leader of Wisconsin's right-wing media echo-chamber, MJS, is trumpeting this headline to the world: Clerk wanted to block early voting for students

There is nothing subtle about the damage control and framing of blatant and illegal voter suppression. MJS, Scott Walker's biggest booster and owned by U.S.A. Today wants us to think it is "old" news and that those students are just being inconvenienced.

NYT picked this up as such an extreme example of voter suppression, that it is running Walker's Wisconsin con as national news which other media around the nation has also picked-up.

No one should buy anything Gannet/USA Today and if one wants to be informed, then one has to avoid MJS like the toxic plague that it is. The problem, however, is the state is blanketed in a pro-Walker dysfunctional media abyss.

As usual, shameless propaganda from the usual sources...