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New rules for election observers could be a good thing



More micro-managing of Wisconsin’s voting rules, but this may turn out to be a good thing. In recent years, tweaks to the rules governing our election has led to some form of voter suppression. We have seen an end to public ballot collection, fights over funding of our elections, shortened absentee voting opportunities, even a rule against putting our absentee ballots in drop boxes outside City Hall. This possible change would deal with the rules governing election observers. In recent years, the polls have gotten more crowded as political parties, as well as voter advocacy groups and others have insisted they have a right to go to polling places to look for any irregularities. They claim they need an observer bill of rights, while municipal clerks claim they have the right to be free of harassment and intimidation. Now the much-maligned Wisconsin Elections Commission is beginning the process of establishing new rules, and it is taking the smart step to make sure all interested parties have a say. The agency is looking to appoint a panel of experts and political party appointees to rework its rules for poll watchers. That way everyone gets a seat at the table and has a hand in how the rules should read. This should put an end to complaints that someone is being left out, or that the rules aren’t fair.

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. Kent Porter

    February 6, 2023 at 7:24 am

    Yea it’s a good thing , NO MORE CHEATING , unless they come up with another pandemic before the 2024 elections !!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Lucenut

    February 6, 2023 at 11:32 am

    TRUMP WON!!!

    Let’s Go Brandon.

    Disband the WEC who violated dozens of state statutes in 2020.

    State statutes clearly define how our elections are supposed to be run by party appointed election inspectors, NOT by government employees. We need local officials to print the ballots and clean the toilets at the polling places and let the statutory election inspectors conduct the elections right down to “tallying up the votes at the end of the night” as it says in the law.

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