After Signing Law Disenfranchising ID-less Voters, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Closes 10 DMV Offices

Is Scott Walker a sociopath or are all Republicans this heartless?

Think Progress 

Earlier this year, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker became one of the many GOP governors to sign a law disenfranchising voters who do not have a photo ID — a law thatdisproportionately affects elderly voters, young voters, students, minorities and low-income voters. Having disenfranchised tens of thousands of Wisconsin voters, Walker is now making it harder for many of these voters to obtain the ID they need to regain their right to participate in the next election:

Gov. Scott Walker’s administration is working on finalizing a plan to close as many as 10 offices where people can obtain driver’s licenses in order to expand hours elsewhere and come into compliance with new requirements that voters show photo IDs at the polls.

One Democratic lawmaker said Friday it appeared the decisions were based on politics, with the department targeting offices for closure in Democratic areas and expanding hours for those in Republican districts. [...] Rep. Andy Jorgensen, D-Fort Atkinson, called on the state Department of Transportation to reconsider its plants to close the Fort Atkinson DMV center. The department plans to expand by four hours a week the hours of a center about 30 minutes away in Watertown. [...]

“What the heck is going on here?” Jorgensen said. “Is politics at play here?”

Of course, no one has been more aggressive in waging the GOP’s war on voting that Scott Walker. Walker stripped state workers of their right to organize to strengthen the GOP’s position in the next election, and he gutted the state’s public financing system, which allows candidates to run effective campaigns without pleading for money from big dollar donors, and used this money to pay for his voter ID scheme.

Lest there be any doubt, there is absolutely no legitimate purpose behind Walker’s voter ID law. Although Republicans justify these voter disenfranchising laws by claiming that they are necessary to combat voter fraud, a recent study by the Brennan Center for Justice found that only 44 one-millionths of one percent of votes are cast by people who commit voter fraud.

11 comments

    1. I think it’s clear that this is all about suppressing the Black and Latino vote, wrtitechic. The problem is, under states’ rights he can do this…although I think the voting rights act supercedes state’s rights in this case. This will definately be tested in the Courts.

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      1. Scary thought that this would go before the Scrotus as presently constituted. Too bad Governor Douche didn’t disenfranchise Catholics, too…then Scrotus would at least think twice before doing the wrong thing.

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  1. I guess Walker understands perfectly his ass is getting very close to be recalled and tries to trash the place before he’s being kicked out by the people of Wisconsin.

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  2. President Obama should be pointing to Scott Walker and Wisconsin and screaming bloody murder over the Republicans and what they will do to this nation if we let them. Wisconsin is in the midst of an actual political reality show that Obama could use to warn the public of what they will do if given the chance. Instead, Obama keeps telling us we want him to compromise with those nutboxes.

    I tell you, these days I’m toying with the idea that it might just be better in the long run if Obama is defeated in 2012. He’s not the guy I voted for and I resent being made a fool of. I know some would say he is definitely the lesser of the possible evils. But I wonder if having an African American Democratic President who, instead of pointing to Wisconsin as an object lesson in Republican goals, chooses to act as an enabler of and apologist for some of the most radical right wing ideas this country has seen in the last 100 years is really a good thing. At least Walker has awakened Wisconsinites and given rise to a wave of “buyer’s remorse” that could make for a much healthier political outcome in the future. Obama on the other hand, seems to be trying to anesthetize the entire nation and persuade us to believe that what he (or whoever) wants to give us is what we want not only another four years of his office but for some indeterminate period of time into the future. I don’t like it.

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