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Monday, July 11, 2011

News Round Up Special: Voter Suppression

Here comes the bill:  
Gov. Scott Walker Signs Destructive Voter Suppression Bill
Wisconsin Voter ID law
Protesters Crash Gov. Walker's Voter ID Signing Party | 

Was there a problem?
According to some - YES.
Election fraud in Wisconsin election? « Hot Air
Pundit Press: Evidence of Wisconsin Voter Fraud Emerges, April 5, 2011
Evidence of Wisconsin Voter Fraud Emerges
Predictable: Right-Wing Media Respond To WI Supreme Court Election With Baseless Voter Fraud Allegations | Media Matters for America
Implausible deniability. - By Richard L. Hasen - Slate Magazine

According to the facts...Not so much.
No need to solve phantom voter fraud 'problem' - Leader-Telegram: Editorials
Beloit Daily News  -‘ID bill targets Democrat votes’
"Voter ID for recall elections! Insurance for REPUBLICANS?!" 
Our view: Voter ID fixes nonexistent problem

Then what was the real reason?  

What's the history behind voter suppression?

Are these efforts unique to Wisconsin?  
Not according to Rev. Al Sharpton; The True Election Fraud 2012…
Daily Kos: New Ohio Voter ID Law is about Disenfranchisement ...
Wisconsin’s so-called “voter ID bill” is actually an ANTI-VOTING BILL, as are the others like it nationwide (3 items) :: News From Underground

Who will be most affected by this law?
Voter ID bill will hurt seniors - Leader-Telegram: Letters To Editor
New voter ID bill may hurt students - The Daily Iowan
Middlefield: Proposed voter ID law could hurt Amish |
Most UW System student IDs do not currently meet the law's requirements

Because of the new Voter ID law, what will happen on Election Day in Wisconsin?
Voter ID and the recall elections

While not all elements of Wisconsin's new voter ID law took effect immediately, there will be a few changes for voters in Tuesday's elections

No ID required - yet. Voters will be asked for identification - such as a drivers license, state or military ID - but will be allowed to vote without one. Those without ID will get a flier reminding them that ID will be required to vote in 2012.

Longer residency - Voters must have resided in their precinct since June 14. That's because the law increased the minimum residency requirement from 10 to 28 days. Voters who moved during that period are eligible to vote in their former precinct.

Sign here - Voters will now be required to sign the poll book before receiving a ballot.

Shorter absentee voting - The deadline for in-person absentee voting was Friday.

Any Wisconsin resident who does not hold a valid driver's license may request a photo ID.

There is no age limit to apply for an ID card. However, only someone who will be at least 18 years of age on the date of the next election can get a card for free.

When applying for an original card, it will be necessary to provide:
Proof of name and date of birth - for example, a certified U.S. birth certificate, valid passport or certificate of naturalization.
Proof of identity (usually a document with a signature or photo).
Proof of Wisconsin residency.
Proof of U.S. citizenship, legal permanent resident status, legal conditional resident status or legal temporary visitor status.
Your social security number.

For more information on obtaining a photo ID card, go to or call (608)-266-2353.

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