Saturday, December 28, 2019

234,000 reasons to donate to League of Women Voters of WI

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Knowing the 5-2 right-wing WI Supreme Court majority will march in lockstep with the state GOP's 'traditional' voting suppression agenda, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin is going to Federal court to block and undo a wholesale, Trump-friendly purge of voter registrations engineered in Ozaukee County Circuit Court a few days ago.

234,000 voters - - tilted to urban, Democratic strongholds - - are to be summarily deleted from voting rolls allegedly over address validation in a swing state where a few thousand votes could determine if Donald Trump gets a second term:

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers on Twitter railed against the ruling.
"I won the race for governor by less than 30,000 votes," he wrote. "This move pushed by Republicans to remove 200,000 Wisconsinites from the voter rolls is just another attempt at overriding the will of the people and stifling the democratic process."
GOP legislators have added more salt to voters' likely wounds by raiding the public treasury for money to pay private attorneys to meet the GOP's goals of the 'right' people voting.
The Legislature's Joint Committee on Legislative Organization, comprised of both parties' top leaders, voted Monday to hire outside counsel to represent lawmakers in the federal dispute. All six Republicans on the committee approved the move; all four Democrats voted against it. The committee didn't name the attorneys but gave Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate President Roger Roth the power to negotiate terms and compensation.
Which means that Democratic or independent voters will end up helping pay for their own disenfranchisement and further embedding the very policies and GOP control they rejected in 2018 when Walker and all other Republican statewide constitutional officers or candidates were defeated or booted out of office.
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Don't look for Republicans to behave like fiscal conservatives when drawing on your money to pay their legal bills. They spare no expense, the record shows.

And let's not forget that fewer votes cast for Democrats in 2020 means the brazenly-partisan GOP legislative gerrymander that helped Republicans 'win' a disproportionate share of Assembly seats in 2018 will be renewed for another 10 years after the 2020 census, as Isthmus of Madison explained
Despite Democrats winning every statewide office on the ballot and receiving 200,000 more total votes, Republicans lost just one seat in Wisconsin’s lower house this cycle. And that victory was by a razor-thin 153 votes. Democrats netted 1.3 million votes for Assembly, 54 percent statewide. Even so, [GOP Assembly Speaker Robin] Vos will return to the Capitol in 2019 with Republicans holding 63 of 99 seats in the Assembly, a nearly two-thirds majority.
The best thing people of good will can do in the face of this latest GOP power play attack on voting rights is to help the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin underwrite the cost of what may be protracted litigation.

I just made a donation to the organization and the cause.

League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and Two Registered Voters Challenge Voter Purge as Violating the U.S. Constitution
Can you do the same?

Here is the donation form.