DANE COUNTY JUDGES PUT A HOLD ON PHOTO VOTER ID PROTECTION! The overwhelming majority of “We-The-People” want that protection. Wisconsin faces extremely consequential elections: unprecedented recalls of a Governor, Lt. Governor and legislators and a historically important Presidential election. If “We-The-People” want photo voter ID, we will need to continue to speak up and fight for it.
Contact the Wisconsin Supreme Court members and ask them to reconsider taking up the challenges to the Photo Voter ID law. Call them at: 1-608-266-1880 or e-mail the court at:
Write letters-to-the- editor; make calls to the talk shows; talk it up with your friends, neighbors and relatives and above all—INSIST ON SHOWING YOUR PHOTO ID AT THE POLLS WHEN YOU VOTE.
CAN YOUR IDENTITY BE STOLEN AT THE POLLS? YES! Without a photo ID, how is a poll worker to know a voter is who they say they are? If a name is on a poll list it is available to be voted. Your vote might be the one cancelled by a fraudulent vote and then you are the one disenfranchised. Identity theft is real. Photo ID protects your voter registration.
ELECTION FRAUD IS REAL! “Show me the name” is the oft-heard cry of the opponents of voter ID and election fraud deniers. There are names! There are cases! In the City of Milwaukee, alone, in 2010-11 there were 19 cases of election fraud prosecuted. In the 2011 recalls, three people who were not legal residents voted. Voter registration fraud due to Wisconsin’s liberal registration laws has been documented. Voter identity theft has been reported by a Mequon resident whose mother had passed away and by a Green Bay election clerk; cross-border voting between Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin border communities has been prosecuted; “vouching” for the identity of another voter has been reported on a large scale in college communities; and massive voter registration drives and increased absentee voting have strained the integrity of our election process.
THOSE WHO OPPOSE THE PHOTO VOTER ID LAW INSIST CASES OF ELECTION FRAUD ARE “ NOT SIGNIFICANT” : What would they consider “significant”? Voter confidence in the process is undermined by every act of election fraud. Photo ID laws strengthen voter confidence and have actually increased voter turnout in states that have photo ID laws.
ORGANIZATIONS OPPOSING WISCONSIN’S PHOTO VOTER ID LAW CHARGE THAT IT DISCRIMINATES AGAINST THE POOR, THE ELDERLY AND MINORITIES. NO— IT DOES NOT. This is a bogus issue and most voters in Wisconsin already do have photo IDs. The poor, elderly and minorities need an ID to be able to obtain a library card; to get a mammogram; to get a job; take their garbage to a dump or recycling center; to even inquire about making a purchase at a cell phone store; to enter US Attorney General Eric Holder’s Federal office building; rent a movie; buy medications; go to a Federal park; and much more. A photo ID is necessary to be a full participant in today’s world. Try to imagine how your life would be affected if you did not have a photo ID. Wisconsin even offers free IDs for voting!!
HOW CAN YOU HELP PROTECT OUR ELECTIONS? VOLUNTEER TO BE AN ELECTION OBSERVER!! Until the courts allow photo voter ID to be implemented, citizen volunteer election observers can help to make sure our elections remain free, fair and are conducted according to state statutes. Anyone who is not a candidate can be an election observer. For observer training, volunteer through the political party of your choice. For additional information about being an election observer go to: http://www.werewatchingwisconsinelections.org and read “The Basics of Election Observing”.
The latest News on the Voter ID Bill:
The Senate has held their hearing, and we are still waiting for the Assembly to hold theirs. It appears the Assembly is in favor of a comprehensive bill, and is working out the details of that bill. Considering the Budget Repair Bill is going to engulf the capital for at least a week, we will be focusing on that. However, we will not rest until the state of Wiscsonsin has Voter ID and voter fraud prevention measures are in place.
1/18/11 – Urgent News – Calls need to be made to Madison Now!
The Good News is, the Senate has called a hearing for the Voter ID bill for January 26th at 10 AM, Room 411 South in the Capital. PLEASE plan to attend this hearing.
Now, the bad news. The Assembly has not done the same thing. Why isn’t this a joint hearing? Assembly representative, Gary Tauchen is the one responsible for scheduling this hearing. We need the leadership of Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald on this as well. Please do the following: Call Rep. Gary Tauchen, Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, and your Assembly representative TODAY, and respectfully request they schedule a joint hearing on the Voter ID Bill for January 26th.
The Senate is moving forward, now it is their turn. We the People NEED Voter ID NOW, not later. We the People NEED a Joint Hearing NOW!
Representative Gary Tauchen Rep.Tauchen@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-3097 Capitol 13 West
Representative Jeff Fitzgerald Rep.email@example.com
(608) 266-2540 Capitol 211 West
If you don’t know your Assembly Rep’s contact info, click this link:http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/contact/EmailDirectory.aspx?house=assembly#F Link to the Senate Bill #6 Voter ID bill:
ACTION ALERT! – 1/11/11
PHOTO VOTER ID
We have a new governor and a new legislature in Wisconsin. NOW is the time to pass election reform legislation and it can be done and signed into law before the April 5th election. Time is of the essence!
CALL YOUR ASSEMBLY REPRESENTATIVE
AND STATE SENATOR TODAY!
- Ask them to co-sponsor the Photo Voter I.D. Bill
- Urge leadership to schedule joint hearings of both the Senate and the Assembly to expedite the Photo Voter I.D. Bill.
- Make it clear to your legislators that you want to have Photo Voter I.D. in place by April 5, 2011.
- Explain that other election reforms need to be proposed and passed as soon as possible, but it is important to implement Photo I.D. NOW!
Why the Rush?
In order to have Photo Voter ID in place for the spring elections, the bill must be passed and signed into law by Governor Scott Walker by February 15th. Time must be allotted for the required 30-day public posting of the bill and to give municipalities time to implement it and comply. The spring elections are very important for the State Supreme Court and local races, and the 2012 Presidential primary is only a year away. Now is a perfect time to bring Photo Voter I.D. to Wisconsin.
YOU MUST ACT NOW – CALL TODAY
If you do not know the phone # of your legislators you may call the Legislative Hotline:
1-800-362-9472 or click on this link: