Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Wisconsin Republican looks back with regret at party’s voter suppression efforts


ale Schultz, a Republican, served in the Wisconsin Legislature for more than 30 years, from 1983 to 2015. His Senate district is located in south Wisconsin, much of it rural farmland. Schultz was considered a moderate, and so much of what happened in state politics near the end of his tenure dismayed him: partisan fights over the rights of unions, a gubernatorial recall election, and claims of partisan Republican gerrymandering that will now be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. And then there was the prolonged entanglement over voting rights in the state — who could vote, when they could vote, how they could vote. In the face of years of political combat and federal court fights, the legislature ultimately adopted a vast array of changes to election laws. Among them: Voters would have to produce certain types of identification. Early voting was reduced. Restrictions on absentee balloting were implemented. Time frames for how long people had to be residing in the state before they could vote were lengthened. Republicans hailed the moves as overdue steps toward improving the integrity of state voting. Democrats cried foul, alleging a conspiracy to suppress votes among people of color and others inclined to vote Democratic.

   Wisconsin Republican looks back with regret at party’s voter suppression efforts Robert's favorite comment at the linked source follows;

I am not an animal! • 5 hours ago I see: 1. Run for office; 2. Stay for 32 years, 32 well-paid years; 3. Vote for voter suppression laws; 4. Quit politics; 5. Denounce voter suppression laws; 6. Ask not to be thought of as a super-hero. Don't worry. Too little, too late, sir.
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