Wisconsin Repubs target “voter fraud” at universities

Another stroke of preparation for their “victories” in this June’s recall elections–and for Obama’s “loss” in Wisconsin in 2012.

Remember, the aim of such Jim Crow-type measures is not just to shrink the pool of eligible Democratic voters, but also to make the GOP’s “wins” seem that much more plausible–and to give the punditocracy another tidy “explanation” of the Tea-Baggers’ unflagging (and anomalous) mass support.


Wisconsin Republicans target voter fraud within universities
By Robert Lange

The Wisconsin State Legislature is considering a new proposal that would increase the difficulty of college students to register to vote, by requiring them to present identification with an up-to-date address on it. The plan, which according to Republicans would curb voter fraud, has been raising eyebrows of young people all across the state. By voiding student IDs and other proofs of residence as a legitimate source of identification, the potential law would require constituents to obtain IDs through the local DMV. Not only would this law be costly for students, but it would need to be a yearly commitment. Students are a mobile group, as they continuously look for more reliable and economic places of living, a change on their ID cards would need to accompany the already-burdensome process of moving. A reliable Democratic vote, the student voting bloc would be reduced to those willing to change their ID cards repeatedly.

Due to high amounts of student traffic within college towns, not allowing student IDs as an acceptable form of identification would substantially affect students’ voting rights. One of many state campuses, the University of Wisconsin alone has a yearly in-and-out-flow that fluxes by the thousands. High school applicants, transfer students and out-of-state students all make up such a list. The hundreds of out-of-state students, many of whom may already be legally able to drive, would need to join their fellow in-state students and pay $28 to acquire another ID, just for the sole purpose of voting. Quite literally, tens of thousands of students all across the state would be denied their Constitutional right to vote because their student IDs would be rejected as an acceptable form of identification, worth nothing more than a piece of plastic.

A cumbersome process, it is curious that state Republicans are not including student IDs on the list of acceptable documents. One suggestion could be they are targeting state universities because that is where much voting fraud occurs. With hardly any confidence in Wisconsin’s educational institutions, state Republicans supposedly believe Voter ID is necessary because it would stop any person not enrolled in college from going to their local university and obtaining a forfeit student ID. It only adds insult to injury that they too have inhibited educational funding.

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7 thoughts on “Wisconsin Repubs target “voter fraud” at universities”

  1. Well this would certainly curb the time-honored practice of campus carpetbagging. This is less about depriving someone of their right to vote, and more about depriving them of an ersatz electoral district. A presumption upon sloth and stupidity is not an infringement of rights. Update your driver’s license, or better yet get an absentee ballot from your actual home of record.

  2. Rufus- sloth and stupidity? your actual home of record? not an infringement of rights? How about a poll tax, too-just for students? The only stupidity here is…… Complete the sentence, genius!

  3. Sorry, Jillian, was there a point in there somewhere? Something along the lines of “Give me convenience or give me death”?

    I can’t help but be offended that people who actually need reasonable accommodation are going to get lumped in with this exercise in bourgeois decadence. Really, our Young Electors are so put-upon in being required to update their ID? Tyranny!!! Oh wait, they can always get an absentee ballot from their state of residence (you know, the place where Dad and Mum are still claiming them as a dependent). Oh gosh, well I guess that problem is solved isn’t it? Granted, they don’t get to form a voting bloc in the state where they attend school, but that’s never what this was about, was it?

  4. Rufus, it’s often very difficult for students to get absentee ballots mailed to them in time to cast their votes, regardless of which party they may vote for; and, as well, it’s often quite a bureaucratic hassle to get your ID updated.

    But that’s precisely why Wisconsin’s GOP is doing this—and why you want them to. Neither they nor you want those Americans voting in Wisconsin, not because you disapprove of
    “bourgeois decadence,” but because you fear “a voting bloc” against your party.

    Why not just admit it?

  5. Rufus,
    Show me some proof of rampant voter fraud on campuses in this country. You can’t, because it doesn’t exist! Wanting it to be true does not make it true! The GOP is attempting to make it more difficult for any possible new liberal voters to cast ballots. If there was a real concern regarding voter fraud, the GOP would concentrate their efforts on voting machines. That fraud has been documented. Do some research.

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