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Hard to cheat? Yes. Easy to vote? No.



Another endorsement for the integrity of Wisconsin elections, but from an unlikely source. Governor Scott Walker, who has led efforts to restrict voting opportunities in the state, now says it will be easy to vote, but hard to cheat, in Wisconsin elections. It is good to hear the Governor rebuke the claims from the top of the ticket that elections in the U.S. are somehow rigged. He is right. People need not worry about the security of their votes. But to say it is easy to vote is rather hypocritical, given how many steps Walker and other Madison lawmakers have taken to actually try to make it harder to vote. The state has adopted a controversial Voter ID law, requiring many people to make a trip to the DMV before they can cast a ballot. And that hasn’t gone all that smoothly, with a federal judge criticizing the state for making the process more confusing than need be. Walker and others worked to restrict early voting opportunities, which are proving increasingly popular, trimming the amount of time local clerks could allow ballots to be cast. They worked to do away with special deputies, which help people, often the infirmed, register to vote and cast a ballot. Our Governor is right that it is hard to cheat in Wisconsin elections, but he is all wet when he says it is easy to vote.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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