This from CREDO:
Just days ago, Chris Christie, the right-wing Governor of New Jersey, publicly talked up the Republican push to do whatever it takes to take control of “voting mechanisms” in order to advance electoral fortunes of his party (and his own) for the 2016 presidential election.1
Christie did not misspeak. For years Republican state officials have been engaged in an all-out effort to disenfranchise thousands of voters in key battleground states. With the 2014 election up in the air, control of everything from key Governorships to the U.S. Senate is at stake, and the Republicans are once again using every dirty tool in their political playbook to disenfranchise thousands of voters and steal the election.
Wisconsin's top election official has considerable leeway in overseeing the election, and we can’t allow republicans to disenfranchise thousands of voters.
Republican efforts to restrict access to the polls have been well documented, with hundreds of voter suppression bills introduced across 41 states since the 2010 elections.2
The reality is that if every eligible voter in most elections cast a ballot, the Republicans would almost certainly lose. Conversely, the smaller the turnout, the better the outcome for the GOP. Since conservative voters dependably come out for midterm elections, the GOP is fighting to keep unlikely voters from the polls under the guise of preventing “voter fraud.”
As the top election official in Wisconsin, Judge Thomas Barland should be trying to help more eligible voters participate in the democratic process, not disenfranchising citizens by violating their fundamental right to vote.
The allegations of “voter fraud” are widely ridiculed as a cover for suppressing turnout of African Americans, Latinos, students, seniors, and low income people. Notably, conservative legal jurist Richard Posner of the 7th Circuit pointed out that actual, documented cases of voter fraud are so rare, that there is “one case of voter fraud for every 14.6 million eligible voters - more than a dozen times less likely than being struck by lighting.”3
The real problem, the one that can affect the outcome of our elections if we're not vigilant, is voter suppression. Click the link below to add your name to the petition:
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- “Christie says GOP gubernatorial candidates need to win so they control ‘voting mechanisms’,” NorthJersey.com, October 21, 2014
- “States With New Voting Restrictions Since 2010 Election,” Brennan Center for Justice
- “Dissenting opinion - Governor Scott Walker v. LULAC et al,” Judge Richard Posner, October 10, 2014