Voting is a fundamental right—our democracy is strongest when everyone is allowed to participate. We need to do everything we can to provide safe, reasonable, and fair access.
As I watched the voting chaos unfold in Nevada, Georgia, and elsewhere this week, I was reminded of the debacle we all witnessed during our 2020 spring elections in Wisconsin.
In another blatant attempt at voter suppression, the Wisconsin Republican Party and our Republican-controlled state Legislature are now asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Disability Rights Wisconsin and Black Leaders Organizing for Communities. This lawsuit seeks to make it safer and easier for Wisconsinites to vote in the November presidential election.
I don't see any changes sought in this lawsuit as unreasonable. They are asking for better access to voting machines for those with disabilities, more ballot drop boxes, and additional poll-workers and ballot counters. They also request to eliminate the need for an absentee ballot witness or ID for those in high-risk categories for COVID-19. These are all reasonable requests if we're serious about addressing the problems we encountered with our last election.
From the article: “The Republicans argue that the Wisconsin Elections Commission, the named defendant, does not adequately represent their interests.” It is important to point out that the WEC is a non-partisan regulatory agency that represents all candidates of all parties equally. To complain that they are “not adequately represented”, the GOP is simply saying that they want preferential treatment. (Full story here: https://tinyurl.com/y796g73g)
As a reminder, of the 1,296,071 absentee ballots that were requested for our April election, 11,633 were never sent to voters and 185,949 (over 14%) of the requested ballots were never counted. https://elections.wi.gov/node/6847
Voting is a fundamental right—our democracy is strongest when everyone is allowed to participate. We need to do everything we can to provide safe, reasonable, and fair access!