Wednesday, May 17, 2017

In Wisconsin, the right to vote gets trimmed (hunter) · Sunday, May 14, 2017, 10:36 pm

In Wisconsin, the Associated Press profiles voters whose votes were stripped from them by the state's new Republican-instituted voter ID law. There were many.

By one estimate, 300,000 eligible voters in the state lacked valid photo IDs heading into the election; it is unknown how many people did not vote because they didn’t have proper identification. But it is not hard to find the Navy veteran whose out-of-state driver’s license did not suffice, or the dying woman whose license had expired, or the recent graduate whose student ID was deficient — or Harris, who at 66 made her way to her polling place despite chronic lung disease and a torn ligament in her knee.

She had lost her driver’s license just before Election Day. Aware of the new law, she brought her Social Security and Medicare cards as well as a county-issued bus pass that displayed her photo.

Not good enough. She had to cast a provisional ballot that ended up not being counted.

While 300,000 Wisconsin citizens were blocked from voting due to insufficient paperwork, the state is investigating "86 reports of possible voter fraud, of which 70 involved felons who may have voted before having their rights restored." The Trump administration on Thursday announced  a new voting integrity commission to be headed by Mike Pence and notorious Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach; Kobach has long used the specter of rampant voter fraud to push voter ID laws throughout the nation, despite no evidence that more than a handful of such cases have taken place during any given election.


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