Wisconsin’s Legislature just voted to restrict early voting. But what if lawmakers did everything they could to make voting easier? What would that look like? The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel runs through some scenarios.
Voting rights advocates are mobilizing after Scott Walker signed a lame-duck bill limiting early voting, a move that is being characterized as “retribution” by Republicans and an attempt to “stack the deck” against Democrats by discriminating against African Americans and Latinos. > The Guardian
A coalition of liberal groups and former Democratic U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder have asked a federal judge to block implementation of the new early voting restrictions signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker last week. The same judge in 2016 struck down a similar two-week early voting limitation as unconstitutional. > AP News
The voter disenfranchisement on display in Wisconsin, Michigan and North Carolina is an extension of broader Republican efforts to reject the will of citizens who vote in ways they don’t like, the same people who might block their path to power in future elections. The devil takes many forms, as does voter suppression. > Rolling Stone
Over the past 15 years, voting has become increasingly difficult for certain groups of residents. A recent PRRI/The Atlantic 2018 Voter Engagement Survey found that 5 percent of Wisconsinites surveyed said they or someone in their household was told they lacked the proper documentation to vote. > Channel 3000
One of the reasons volunteers pound the pavement in the run-up to Wisconsin elections is to overcome the barriers imposed by the state’s voter ID laws. The Isthmus takes an in-depth look at the history and status of voter suppression in our state.
A hearing Saturday by the National Commission for Voter Justice was meant to give residents a chance to give personal testimony of voter suppression, much like a hearing at a trial would. The hearings have taken place in several states including Michigan, Florida and California, with the commission planning to hold 16 more. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel