Why are Republicans always trying to sandbag average Americans from being able to vote? They understand that a majority of Americans would never support their policies that favor the very wealthy so they use the lie that they are trying to protect against voter fraud. By the way, how many cases of voter fraud have you seen prosecuted in America?
Governor Scott Walker is the latest Republican politician to clamp down on voting rights in his state.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Thursday signed a measure into law that eliminates absentee voting on weekends ahead of elections but vetoed a provision that restricted weekday voting hours across the state.
Wisconsin law allows voters to cast absentee ballots by mail or hand them in to their polling places before election day. Supporters have said the new law creates uniform and fair rules, while critics have said it disenfranchises voters.
Walker, a Republican who is seeking re-election, vetoed a part of the bill the majority Republican legislature approved that capped voting at 45 hours per week. Voting will be allowed only on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at clerks’ offices.
Supporters of the Wisconsin measure said it eliminated an unfair advantage for larger municipalities such as Milwaukee which have the money to keep polls open longer, giving their residents more of a chance to vote.
“His actions amount to betrayal of trust of the hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin seniors, veterans, students, and working people,” executive director Lisa Subeck said in a statement.
Common sense would suggest that larger municipalities would need polls open longer because they have so many more people. Studies have shown that when you restrict access to voting, it always affects the poor, elderly and minorities. You would think they would want as many seniors as possible voting, but they've done the math and know they gain an advantage whenever voting rights are restricted.