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8.12.2005

Doyle Veto of Photo ID Bill: Episode III

The gov has again vetoed legislation passed by the legislature that would require a photo ID to vote in Wisconsin.

I addressed this same issue the last time Doyle vetoed the bill and the legislature failed to override it.

The governor needs to go on offense on photo ID lest he risk becoming Mark Green and Scott Walker's bitch on the issue. He should propose providing voter ID cards with a digital photo to residents who register to vote.

Meanwhile, Doyle did sign AB 61 which is part of his election reform proposal, and would actually address the problems associated with poll workers witnessed during the 2004 election. It's one step, but it shows that the state's election process can actually be improved when the politics of the governor's race are set aside momentarily.

2 Comments:

At 8/16/2005 06:24:00 PM, Blogger Mr_Proteus said...

Governor Doyle should have signed the photo ID bill--and not just to go on the offensive, but because it is the right thing to do. The voting system in Wisconsin is a joke. We've made stealing votes as easy as 1-2-3.

1 - I memorize someone's address.
2 - Go to the polling place as soon as it opens and tell them that address.
3 - After they ask, "Is your name so-and -so?" say "yes."

They give me a ballot and I'm off to steal a vote, and no one can ever catch me.

Some of the proposed "reforms" are worthless, such as having to register an extra 2 weeks in advance, because you can register at the polls anyway. And extra training for poll workers? The problem wasn't under-trained poll workers, the problem was that many of the poll workers were crooked. They allowed voter registration cards that didn't have addresses or weren't signed, etc. How much training do you need to know that a registration card has to have an address?

Bottom line: require photo ID and provide free photo IDs to those that can't afford one.

 
At 8/17/2005 07:15:00 PM, Blogger Scott said...

I disagree. My proposal is superior to the GOP proposal since voters would receive a voter ID that is universal and it would have a photo ID. One problem is for people that move frequently (renters), the address on people's driver's licenses are out of date since you only have to renew every 8 years as I recall. I foresee people getting turned away from the polls even if they provide evidence that they have moved recently to their current ward.

Also, it still hasn't been shown that requiring a photo ID to vote would have prevented the problems arising from the ashes of the 2004 election. There has been too much emphasis on politics rather than improving our election system.

 

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