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Wisconsin Legislature pushing more hurdles to voting

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It remains a solution in search of a problem as the Wisconsin Legislature pushes new restrictive voting rules that will make it more difficult for many people to cast a ballot. Republicans will send to the Governor a series of bills all designed to reduce the risk of losing the next election. Under their plan, voters who are indefinitely confined or serving overseas would not receive absentee ballots automatically. That increases the burden for those who are disabled. They already face barriers to casting a ballot such as a lack of mobility, transportation, or internet access. Wisconsin voters applying for an absentee ballot would be required to do so for every election, rather than for the year. Why? Another hurdle to voting.  In a separate bill, those working in a retirement home or residential care facility could face a felony if they even encourage a resident to vote. Are we to believe there is rampant fraud in our nursing homes? Voting remains a fundamental right in this country, and a number of disabled and elderly people already face significant obstacles to making sure their vote counts. If we need some sort of election reform, it should be to make it easier, not harder, for our elderly and disabled to participate in our elections.

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. Thomas Lane

    June 23, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Just returning it to the way it used to be before the libs took over. These are not obstacles, they are an insurance policy against the kind of theft that occurred last time. As it stands, right now, there is no way to be certain that an elderly shut in actually did the voting. There is no signature matching verification, and a “witness” can easily make all the choices. Last election I got SIX unasked for absentee ballot forms…I vote in person, and always have. At 72, I’ve seen the whole process, over the years, become perverted.

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