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Election bills not about restoring confidence



Wisconsin legislators want to adopt new rules for voting in Wisconsin. Unfortunately, none of their ideas would help a single Wisconsinite register to vote, or cast their ballot. The bill’s sponsors say they are about restoring confidence in our elections, but what it really does is make it harder for people to vote. Among the ideas are requiring voters to provide proof of ID every time they seek to vote absentee. Under current law, those requesting an absentee ballot only have to provide proof of ID if they change their name or address. Another bill would force people seeking “indefinite confinement” status to show proof from a doctor every two years. They also want to limit where voters can get an absentee ballot and would require additional paperwork for those seeking to vote early in-person. None of these ideas are really designed to restore confidence in the elections. We already have secure elections. We proved that time and again. Voters followed all the rules and jumped through all the hoops to exercise their right to vote during a pandemic. We saw record turnout, and a canvass of the vote and in some cases recounts showed our elections were safe and secure. Courts at every level rejected the unfounded claims of voter fraud. These bills are not necessary. We should be making it easier to vote, not harder. It seems the real problem for the authors of these bills is not our system of voting, but rather an outcome they didn’t like.

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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  1. Jenny

    February 25, 2021 at 6:05 am

    If we don’t stop Democ-rats from stealing elections, this experiment in self-governance is over.

  2. Norm Kroll

    March 1, 2021 at 9:41 am

    The only reason to not require ID for voting is that plan on allowing fraud. Voter ID is free and easy to get. Quit whining that everything is suppression. Grow up. Get an ID and go vote.

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