Your Views: Grothman’s bill would attack Wisconsin voting rights

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September 5, 2013

Well, Wisconsin citizens, it’s time again to talk about voter ID laws, Jim Crow laws and the right to vote. According to an opinion column in the Madison Capital Times, Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, has authored legislation aimed at attacking voting rights.

Grothman’s bill would restrict in-person absentee voting hours and create new voting obstacles for senior citizens living in nursing homes. His bill would also add new voting obstacles for seniors living in retirement communities. If Grothman’s bill passes, low-income individuals and seniors will be among those facing obstacles to casting ballots.

The impression is these voter ID laws make it difficult for minorities, students and the poor to vote and that the laws constitute voter suppression. Are these voter ID laws racially motivated? Are we trying to go back to the time when literacy tests and poll taxes (Jim Crow laws) were designed to keep minorities from voting?

For the past 13 years, my wife and I have been traveling in the South. Recently we visited Atlanta and toured the Martin Luther King Center and burial site. We watched videos that reminded us of the police dogs and high-pressure fire hoses turned on African-Americans as they peacefully marched for their civil rights in the 1960s.

In summary, the impression is voter ID laws deliberately attempt to exclude certain groups of people from voting. Don’t you get the feeling that our tea party legislators will do anything to attack voting rights of Wisconsin citizens?



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