Voter Obstruction and Harassment Has to Stop NowUpdate II: White Fitchburg election inspector leaves comment at Mal Contends, corroborating in part allegations below. MC would publish comment, (it is saved), however it is this site's policy not to run the words of racists, as I hate those fuckers.
Updated - I have voted at Fitchburg Fire Station, Number 2, for some 15 years, working as a sworn election inspector, (contract employee), for some nine years.
This morning I walked-jogged to my polling place to vote.
I walked into the fire station, said 'hi' to the greeter, said hi to Hertis at the Ballots table, hi to Lynette Rasmusson, a retied teacher, friend and neighbor down our street, at the M-Z voting books.
I walk over to the A-L table to state my name and address, as I do in every election.
I gave the Republican Election Inspector on the A-L books my Wisconsin-issued voter-photo ID who proceeded to take about two minutes time, apparently pretending to inspect attributes.
'Get to work, boys. Leon, Michael, Monticello Way, 5767,' I said jokingly.
But something was up. I worked the voting rolls inspecting IDs in before, and it does not take this long to examine an ID.
Election inspectors typically are not adversarial and hostile except maybe to black folks, but I'm waiting for my voting number to get my ballot.
I take my ID and I place it back in my wallet.
'I need to see your ID again, I have to check, ahh, the expiration date," said the Republican.
—You just saw it and inspected my ID. You don't need to see it again, I say.
This guy is screwing with me, with my vote. I'm pissed.
'I need you to state your address, Mike,' using my name.
—You're screwing with me. I gave you my ID, and my address. You know fully well who I am. Where's my [voting] number. I'm voting today.
I can't believe this Republican is screwing with me, with my vote. He has my name and address, and after examining my ID, now he's preventing me from voting.
I'm going to settle this with the election authorities, I say. I'm being denied my right to vote, I said, glancing at Lynette Rasmusson at the M-Z table.
I call up the US Atty's office, the Wisconsin DoJ, the Fitchburg City Clerk, the Dane County DA and then the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC, formerly GAB).
Should have started with Elections Commission, but my guard is down, I was ambushed. Hey, I'm voting; it's social, civic and political.
So, after being on with the Elections Commission for several minutes, I gave her the name of Dale Z., the Republican Chief Election Inspector seated behind and to the right of the voting rolls.
I hold the phone in the air, and she hears the chatter from the A-L table. 'We need your name and address,' says the Republican.
Okay, they are screwing with me still, and I cannot believe it, but I'll try this again with the Elections Commission on. I give my name and address again. This time, the two Republicans and Ron Johnson, (also working the A-L table), all yell, cheer and say, about time.
The Elections Commission says, what was that? Those are the Republican election inspectors, I reply.
It sounded like a gasp, but I don't know.
I call a Fitchburg Alder, Tony Hartman, and the Fitchburg Star and a bunch of local politcos and elected officeholders.
This harassment and voter obstruction has to stop now.
Tony Hartman says he'll talk to Patty and Tracy at City Hall. I'm on with Mike Haas at the Wisconsin Elections Commission, and tell him in no uncertain words, this harassment has to stop.
I call City Hall, the election inspector dismisses my complaint out-of-hand with no investigation.
By not taking my complaint seriously, she was giving tacit approval to the violators and condoning their action.
City Hall doesn't like my writing, doesn't like my sticking up for voters. I'm still on with Haas.
Jackie, my life partner who is in ill health, calls from the living room and said, there is Fitchburg Police squadron stopping at our home, and two armed FPD officers walk up our drive-way and pound at the door.
Jackie is scared is her own home, and she cannot afford stress.
This is voting today, this has to stop. Right now.
Email to Fitchburg, Wisconsin Common Council members sent Aug. 9
This needs to stop right now.
I had multiple conversations with District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, the GAB's Mike Haas, and State Rep. Robb Kahl's office, among many other parties.
I related this morning's events about being obstructed to vote for 35 minutes, followed by two visits of Fitchburg
Police banging on our home, and upsetting Jackie to tears. Her health is not good, and she need a stress-free environment. I will file a civil rights complaint and a civil suit if personal injury results.
These events are chronicled here.
The voter obstruction and police harassment comes as a partisan tactical voter suppression campaign is clear, and secondly my status as an ethic minority is met with hostility by Republicans including but not limited to three Republican Fitchburg election inspectors and Tracy Oldenburg.
There will be an investigation conducted by the District Attorney's office as well as the Elections Commission, I have been assured.
Prior to these investigations, it is incumbent that we realize Tracy is not capable of addressing complaints, as evinced by her behavior in which she summarily dismissed my complaint with no investigation.
More insidious is the fact Republican election inspectors felt entitled and empowered to engage in this clearly hostile voter obstruction. Tracy Oldenburg is incapable of administering elections and an inquiry should be addressed with an eye towards removing her.
I would ask for a thorough consideration of the facts of harassment against my family and me, and voter obstruction conducted with the assent of Tracy Oldenburg.