cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
Voter ID is on the way with the Senate and the Governor next in line since the Assembly passed the bill yesterday.
The usual uproar has been witnessed and, no doubt, will continue. One observer cried out, “Welcome to Wisconsin Jim Crow”. Those of us who want voter ID are accused of trying to disenfranchise those who have no ID and who cannot get ID. We are accused of knowingly using our new found political clout to make the Republican reign permanent.
It will be very interesting to see just what kind of vote total impact this has when it is in full force and effect. If the naysayers are correct, the inner city precincts will drop off in total votes; and the senior vote will be smaller, etc. After all, there are thousands upon thousands of people without ID of any kind and the fact that they can obtain free ID through the Motor Vehicle Department seems not to make any difference to those in opposition. They say that this is an unfair imposition.
After all, we have a right to our vote.
That is, of course, correct; but, accompanying that personal right is also the right to know that all the others who have voted were using their valid and substantiated rights, too.
This is one of those classic issues that conservatives have fought for over the course of time. I am always interested to see the primary (and maybe sole) opposition coming from those of the liberal, or 'progressive', persuasion. I suspect that side in the argument believes that, if there is such a problem, it likely benefits them more than the conservatives and, therefore, the problem is not really a problem which needs be corrected.
Now, maybe we can focus some energy on improvements in the voting and vote counting processes so that we can avoid ‘shows’ such as we’re now witnessing in the Supreme Court race recount…and likely subsequent court efforts since the vote count will not change the outcome.
Fairness and voter rights are multi-faceted issues in our elections.