A Wisconsin city clerk stated in an email which was released to The Nation that student voting would benefit the Democratic party so she opposed early voting despite the long lines during the primary which were described as chaotic. Kris Teske, the city clerk in Green Bay, complained for months that she doesn’t have the financial resources or staff to make early voting available. That was publicly but privately she told a different story.
“UWGB is a polling location for students and residents on Election Day but I feel by asking for this to be the site for early voting is encouraging the students to vote more than benefiting the city as a whole,” she wrote in an email to David Buerger, counsel at the Wisconsin Ethics Commission, on August 26th.
The Nation reports:
In 2014, Wisconsin’s Republican legislature eliminated early-voting hours on nights and weekends and restricted early-voting sites to one location per city. GOP State Senator Glenn Grothman, who’s now a member of Congress, cited extended early-voting hours in heavily Democratic cities like Madison and Milwaukee and said, “I want to nip this in the bud before too many other cities get on board.”
That didn’t work out well for Republicans. On July 29th, a judge overturned the early voting cutbacks.
“The court finds that the legislature specifically targeted large municipalities—Milwaukee in particular—intending to curtail minority voting,” Federal District Court Judge James Peterson wrote, who added that Republicans were “suppressing the votes of reliably Democratic minority voters.”
As Raw Story notes, this is nothing new for Republicans in that state:
State Rep. Glenn Grothman, who sponsored legislation to cut early voting, bragged after the primary in April that Republicans would carry his state in November thanks to restrictive voting laws he helped put in place.
“I think Hillary Clinton is about the weakest candidate the Democrats have ever put up,” Grothman said. “And now we have photo ID — and I think photo ID is going to make a little bit of a difference, as well.”
Genrich, the lawmaker who was mentioned in Teske’s email, told The Nation that he was flabbergasted by clerk’s comments.
“Whether or not more students voting benefits Democrats is beside the point and that shouldn’t be the position of a nonpartisan city clerk,” he said. “I don’t know what Kris’s politics are, but it’s really unfortunate to see her echoing the sentiments of Republicans in Wisconsin, who have been making it really difficult for citizens to vote in this state.”
Teske was appointed by Republican Mayor Jim Schmitt, a close ally of Governor Scott Walker.
If Republicans have to cheat to win then their candidate sucks.
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