This is NOT my Wisconsin. Shame on every representative who chose to follow a party line today instead of actually represent the people entrusted in their care. Shame on every representative who chose to enact the nation’s strictest voting regulations without a single amendment today.
Thanks to the representatives who care and have tirelessly fought for the people.
The following are all status updates from Representative Cory Mason, in chronological order. They speak for themselves and for the absolute lack of decency and democracy that took place in our state capitol today.
Now we are on the voter ID bill.
Dem amendment to require administration to find a way to pay for voter ID bill without raiding transportation fund; amendment fails.
Dems offer amendment to require DMV’s to have evening and Saturdays in every county. Now that we are requiring people to have a DMV issued ID to vote, we should make sure people have access to DMV offices. Many counties have no DMV office or are only open once a month; amendment fails.
Dems offer amendment to require mobile DMV stations on college campuses if we aren’t going to have offices in every county open at night or on weekends; amendment fails.
Dems offer amendment to have mobile DMV stations in high poverty areas; amendment fails.
Dems offer amendment to clarify what it means to have the name on your ID “conform” to the name on the voter rolls; i.e. John F Smith in the ID versus John Smith on the voter rolls; amendment fails.
Dems offer an amendment to make it clear on the DMV form that they can get the ID free of charge; amendment fails.
Dems offer and amendment that moves the deadline to clarify the provisional ballot to 10 days after the election; amendment fails.
Dems offer amendment to address absurdity in the law: you need photo ID to get a birth certificate AND you need a birth certificate to get a photo ID; amendment fails.
Dems offer amendment to ensure that the homeless and those in transient housing can still vote without proof of residency; amendment fails. Stone, author of the bill says homeless people will now have ‘responsibilities’ to exercise their right to vote. He also concedes he doesn’t know if DOT will give an ID with the address of a public library, as the homeless currently do. Wow.
Dems offer an amendment to inform the voter if their vote has been deemed provisional. How else are voters to know if they have to correct their ballot; amendment fails.
Vruwink offers amendment to exempt towns from this bill; amendment fails. So much for local control.
Dems offer amendment to remove requirement that voters mail in a copy of their photo ID when they vote by mail; amendment fails.
Dems offer amendment to waive fees for secondary ID’s to get DMV voter card to avoid poll tax; amendment fails.
Dems offer amendment that out of state license is acceptable form of ID if corroborating ID of current WI address; amendment fails.
Dems offer amendment to clarify that if license is suspended revoked it is still valid for the purposes of voting; amendment fails.
Dems offer amendment that says employers have to give 3 hours off of work to get to one of these rarely open DMV centers; amendment fails.
Dems offer amendment to require clerks to keep voter lists up to date so that you right to vote is based on you proving your qualification as a voter NOT on the potential mistakes in a voter list; amendment fails.
Dems offer amendment to keep expired ID’s valid back to the last NOVEMBER general election; amendment fails.
Dems offer an amendment to allow for Student ID’s to be valid ID’s for the purposes of voting; amendment fails.
Dems offer amendments to allow affidavit to be signed verifying someone’s identity if they don’t have proper documentation on Election Day; they all fail.
Dems offer amendment to restore straight ticket voting; amendment fails.
Dems offer amendment to allow voters to vote without photo ID if they object to photos of themselves being taken for religious reasons; amendment fails.
Dems offer amendment to all people with disabilities to be required from having to sign the voter roll if a disability prevents them from doing so; amendment fails.
Dems offer amendment to give people with disabilities the opportunity to vote with other forms of government issued ID’s; amendment fails.
Dems offer amendment to make it illegal to bribe someone with anything of value in exchange for signing a recall petition. Kenosha bartender was caught on tape trading shots for signatures. Amendment fails.
Dems offer amendment to allow voters to stay on absentee list if they miss one election; amendment fails.
Dems offer amendment to require county clerks to post results online community by community and ward by ward on election day. This would avoid clerks magically finding more than 14,000 votes two days after the election in a way that changes the outcome of a statewide election. Amendment fails.
Dems offer amendment to allow any ID issued by any level of government to be valid for the purposes of voting. It will save the state at least $7 million on the cost of the bill; amendment fails.
We are now debating final passage of the bill. Rep Kessler is giving us a good history lesson on the connection of civil rights and voting rights here in Wisconsin.
Rep. Grigsby speaking now about why it is important to preserve rights even if it is politically popular to do so.
Rep Danou, a former police officer, addresses the likelihood, or lack thereof, of a mass conspiracy to steal elections as outlined by Rep. Pridemore. Pridemore insists that Dems stole Presidential election in 2004.
Rep Zamarrippa just gave a great speech on the importance of civic engagement and the high rate at which Wisconsin residents vote.
Rep Stone, author of the bill is speaking. That means the vote will come very quickly now.
Voter suppression bill passes 60-35.
We are adjourned.