Voter ID and At-the-Poll Registration
What to do about Voter Fraud?
In 2004 the Milwaukee Police Department released a report recommending that the city of Milwaukee end Same-Day Voter Registration as it saw rampant fraud of all kinds on all levels in the city of Milwaukee.
Now Republicans, drunk with power, are trying to implement these suggestions state-wide attempting to deal with Voter Fraud-GOP style. Are they right to ask for ID and end Same-Day Registration? What then is the answer to Voter Fraud in Milwaukee and Wisconsin?
I am all for Voter ID. I see rampant fraud at my polling site and I hear people plotting fraudulent activities leading up to elections. I hate it! It leads to people not bothering to show up to vote and plain folks like me getting harassed when it is time to vote. The bigger the election the more chatter I hear and the more corruption I witness. In my opinion asking for ID is the least we can do to curtail some of the fraud in voting.
I don’t buy the excuse that blacks will be disenfranchised because we don’t have ID’s. Hell we need them for everything we do. It’s called racism! From a typical bank transaction, to a trip to the hospital for emergency services, to needing 3 forms of ID and birth certificates to get any type of government assistance, we got the ID’s they are requiring (see the ID list below)! So to say it is disenfranchising, I can’t believe it would be. I think it would be a hassle for white folks who don’t have to show ID daily as we do. It is a routine part of life as an African American. I have banked at the same bank branch for over 20 years now and I still need ID and some of them know me. Possibly it could be because I tend to roll up there with a scarf or wrap on, looking like a character from “Set It Off” sometimes, but still…I’m just saying!
However I do not agree with ending Same-Day Registration. It is a hardship to have to fill out information change cards and wait for said card and turn it in, hoping it gets entered correctly so you can vote. If an error is made you are a..-out and can’t vote. I don’t want to trust the same incompetent people who run the Voting Commission to be charged with making sure my voting card gets to where it needs to and entered correctly. As of today my voter information is still incorrect! Not to mention it is a chore and it is flawed as it relies heavily on human input. I do want to be able to take care of that business all in one trip while I am voting. I see this as a convenience to the voter.
My experience with this is pretty typical. I have moved a few times, I did get a change of information card so I could expedite my voting process. The card had an error and I had no time to take it in to get “fixed.” There was an extra letter added to my name. This would have kept me from voting in the last elections. One person who inserted a typo would have kept me from my civic duty of voting. Secondly, there is a site “Voter Public Access” (https://vpa.wi.gov/) where you can look up where you voted and for which election. It is public and detailed. I never can log in and find my information but I have been able to log in my family and see some of their information. I assume again it is due to the moves and the error in my name. So am I expected to sit on the side lines and not vote due to someone else’s negligence? Also if the card is fill in handwritten and registration is handwritten, can we always read what others write? And we want to put our faith in this technique? I don’t!!At least at the poll, the worker can make things legible.
So I say to all of you, get some ID because Republicans are on a train ride and until the Dems stop crying about the last elections, voicing hate for Scott Walker, and start to pull themselves together, there is no stopping the WI GOP other than in the form of public outcry. They do have to think of 2012 so we have that threat to hold above their heads.
All Milwaukee Public Libraries have voter registration applications and registrars to assist you with completing the voter registration process during regular hours of operation!
Voter Registration Application
REGISTER AT YOUR VOTING SITE ON ELECTION DAY
You may register and vote at your voting site on any Election Day. To determine your voting site, click http://itmdapps.ci.mil.wi.us/electedreps/electrep.jsp and enter your voter registration address.
Any person registering to vote on Election Day must provide an acceptable proof of residence documents as listed below.
ACCEPTABLE PROOF OF RESIDENCE DOCUMENTS:
A proof of residence is a document used during the voter registration process to verify your name and address. Any document used as a proof of residence MUST include:
- Your current and complete name
- Your current and complete residential address
AND must be from one of the following proof of residence document types:
- A current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license.
- A current and valid Wisconsin identification card.
- Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit.
- Any identification card issued by an employer in the normal course of business and bearing a photo of the card holder, but not including a business card.
- A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election.
- A university, college or technical institute identification or fee card (must include photo).
- A gas, electric or telephone service statement (utility bill) for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before Election Day.
- Bank statement.
- A check or other document issued by a unit of government.
- A residential lease which is effective for a period that includes Election Day (cannot be used as by first-time WI voters registering by mail).
How To Obtain A Valid Wisconsin Photo Id and Costs