By Andy Gronik
The right to vote is a fundamental part of what it means to be an American. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law 52 years ago today because he knew that everyone deserved the right to vote.
But decades later, here in Wisconsin, far-right politicians are relentlessly denying residents a voice in government by passing restrictive ID laws, by gerrymandering districts, and by closing early voting.
Just a few months ago, The Nation published an article on how Governor Scott Walker’s enactment of voter-ID led to “a significant reduction in voter turnout in 2016, with a disproportionate impact on African-American and Democratic-leaning voters” and reduced turnout in Wisconsin by 200,000 votes. Hillary Clinton lost Wisconsin by only 22,748 votes.
In addition, the Associated Press reported on how 300,000 eligible voters in the state lacked valid photo IDs heading into the 2016 election, which resulted in working people, seniors, and veterans being turned away from the polls.
I guess that’s why Governor Walker says the law is working “just fine.”
It’s past time for Governor Walker to put Wisconsinites before his own political ambition — add your name to the petition and tell him to reverse his anti-voting laws immediately.
I think it’s wrong to silence the voices of Wisconsinites.
Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, Green Party member, Independent, or member of another party — I’ll be a governor who protects your right to vote. Period.
I know we can do better than Governor Walker’s “divide and conquer” approach that denies too many working people, minorities, students, seniors, and disabled persons a voice in our government.
If we’re going to solve the challenges our state faces, it’s going to require everyone having a seat at the table. Stand with me and support the voices of all Wisconsinites — add your name to the petition.