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Keep nursing homes out of election conpiracies



Somehow, in recent years, nursing homes have become flashpoints for conspiracies claiming they are subject to voting fraud. In Wisconsin’s 2020 election, there were allegations that nursing homes saw 100% voter turnout. Investigations proved nothing. No charges were filed. But that didn’t stop some from saying more needs to be done to crack down on voter fraud among our most senior citizens. U.S. Senate candidate Eric Hovde is banging that drum again, suggesting on a Fox program that perhaps those in nursing homes shouldn’t be allowed to vote. Hovde claimed nursing home residents “are not at a point to vote,” pointing out they may only have another several months to live. But Wisconsin law is clear. Under Wisconsin’s constitution, a person’s right to vote can only be removed if they have been deemed legally incompetent by the courts. Disability rights advocates also point out that regardless of the length of stay, illness, or change in living situation, it does not dictate someone’s ability to vote. We shouldn’t be accusing those in their final days of some fraud, and should be making it easier, not harder, for our most senior citizens to participate in our democracy.

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. Virginia Culver

    April 15, 2024 at 2:49 pm

    Hovde is trying to make the point that there is nursing home fraud! People are voting for others whether it be staff or a relative or what they’re just putting the votes in for the people! This is an area that should be looked at yes!

  2. walden

    April 16, 2024 at 1:53 pm

    Actually Hovde isn’t “beating the drum” on this; he was asked a question and he answered it.

    By their nature nursing homes are filled with physically and mentally challenged individuals. Where they get their information to vote and who fills out and collects their ballot should be of concern to everyone. Elder abuse can impact voting matters same as other life experiences of the disabled.

    Use your head, good grief. Maybe let a few of those Dem talking points get lost in your junk mail and instead demonstrate some original thought on some issues.

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