Wisconsin Will Be Faced With Backlash Against Voter ID Law in Recount

Mary Spicuzza and Keegan Kyle for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel had this on November 11:

Wisconsin’s voter ID law caused problems at the polls in the city and likely contributed to lower voter turnout, Milwaukee’s elections chief said Thursday.

The city saw a decline of some 41,000 voters in Tuesday’s election compared with 2012, when President Barack Obama won broad support in Milwaukee and coasted to re-election.

“We saw some of the greatest declines were in the districts we projected would have the most trouble with voter ID requirements,” said Neil Albrecht, executive director of the city’s Election Commission.

A spokesman for Republican Gov. Scott Walker insisted that voter ID had not hurt voter turnout.

Albrecht acknowledged that some of the drop-off in turnout had to do with the candidates and less enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

But he said that four districts of the city with the most “transient, high poverty” residents experienced trouble with people struggling to meet the photo identification requirement. Previously, those voters were able to have “corroborating witnesses” vouch for them at the polls.

The Stein campaign paid for a simple recount, but the narrative will be all about disenfranchisement, voter suppression and, of course, raaaaaaacism.

So will the recount in Wisconsin be like Florida’s in 2000 and that two political heavyweights were deployed to represent the interest of the two candidates? For Al Gore it was former Secretary of State, Warren Christopher. George W. Bush asked James Baker, a former cabinet member for his father. While there doesn’t seem to be an issue for the courts right now, you know something will come up. Or will this be a battle for the PR people?

Whatever happens, this won’t be pretty.



About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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