May 24, 2012

Scott Walker slanders League of Women Voters, Marine and Others

Not good enough to vote, says Scott Walker

It would be nice to read that Scott Walker is accusing civil rights, good government groups and veterans of conspiring to commit voter fraud, and at least be surprised.

Nothing Scott Walker does comes as a surprise anymore.

John Nichols notes Scott Walker says the reason plaintiffs went to court against the Republican Party to secure their right to vote is to perpetuate fraud. Writes Nichols:

Yet Gov. Walker now says: 'I’ve always thought in this state, close elections, presidential elections, it means you probably have to win with at least 53 percent of the vote to account for fraud. One or two points, potentially. ... That’s enough to change the outcome of the election. ... Absolutely. I mean there’s no question why they went to court and fought (to undo) voter ID.'

No evidence cited by Walker. Just slandering Wisconsin citizens, including Marine Ricky Tyrone Lewis who is made of cloth radically different than that which comprises Scott Walker.

Here is a partial list of the plaintiffs [at right of this page] who are challenging the GOP anti-voter impersonation law as unconstitutional:

The League of Women Voters, Common Cause, the NAACP, Voces de la Frontera, Ricky Tyrone Lewis (Marine Corps veteran), 84-year-old Ruthelle Frank, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Wisconsin; Crose Lutheran Church; Milwaukee Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO; and Wisconsin League of Young Voters Education Fund

Wisconsin Judge David Flanagan writes in enjoining the GOP obstruction law as unconstitutional:

[F]orty uncontested affidavits offer a picture of carousel visits to government offices, delay, dysfunctional computer systems, misinformation and significant investment of time to avoid being turned away at the ballot box. This is burdensome, all the more for the elderly and the disabled. . . . Mr. Ricky Tyrone Lewis is 58 years old, a Marine Corps Veteran and a lifelong Milwaukee resident. He was able to offer proof of his honorable discharge but Milwaukee County has been unable to find the record of his birth so he cannot obtain a voter ID card. Ms. Ruthelle Frank, now 84, is a lifelong resident of Brokaw, Wisconsin and a member of her town board since 1996. She has voted in every election over the past 64 years but she does not have a voter ID card. She located her birth certificate but found that her name was misspelled. She was advised to obtain a certified copy of the incorrect birth certificate and try to use that to obtain a voter ID card. . . .

The plaintiffs do not dispute, and the court certainly accepts fully the value of maintaining the accuracy and security of the ballot process. At this point, however, the record is uncontested that recent investigations of vote irregularities, both in the City of Milwaukee and by the Attorney General have produced extremely little evidence of fraud and that which has been uncovered, improper use of absentee ballots and unqualified voters, would not have been prevented by the photo identification requirements of Act 23.

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