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Sigh...I live in Madison, the most Liberal city in Wisconsin, so stuff like this about my home state throws me off from time to time....the Wisconsin Attorney General, a Republican, is engaging in voter suppression...

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Now, I am a Wisconsin native, I have also lived in Madison most of my life...and I have never heard of any massive voter fraud in this state...as a matter of fact, the last time this topic came up (the last presidential election) I think a whopping two or three people were convicted of voter fraud...and one of them was just a person who made an honest mistake.

According to this mornings Wisconsin State Journal:

Saying illegal Wisconsin votes could sway the presidential election, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has sued the state elections agency to force ineligible voters off the rolls.
Ok, now that sounds like a good thing...until you get into the meat of the issue.
In it, Van Hollen asks the court to force the Government Accountability Board to check voter registrations for accuracy dating back to Jan. 1, 2006, when the state was supposed to be in compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act.
Again, sounds innocent enough...
But critics said a successful lawsuit could require anyone whose information in the state voter database doesn't match information maintained by other agencies to cast provisional ballots, which are difficult to count.
Want to know what the other agencies are?
The board last month found that information contained on more than 20 percent of recent voter registrations failed to match information maintained on state Department of Transportation records such as names and addresses, mostly because of variations in how a name was used, typographical errors or incompatibilities in the two agencies' databases. Even information from four of six Accountability Board members in the voter database failed to match DOT records.
The DOT (Department of Transportation)...the same DOT that kept sending my ex-wife my vehicle registration because she changed her name and address on her driver's liscense...so if your name does not match exactly to what the DOT has...you get a provisional ballot or you don't vote...my hope is the DOT has screwed up more Republican addressess than Democratic addresses...

I think the last paragraph sums it up nicely...

Mark Jefferson, executive director of the state GOP, said, "The Government Accountability Board is not taking the HAVA law seriously. Thankfully, the attorney general is."

Joe Wineke, chairman of the state Democratic Party, said the suit is a "cynical attempt to disenfranchise voters" and part of a GOP pattern to "distract and deny voters with fearmongering."

Joe Wineke is right...and the worst part, my tax dollars are paying for this waste of money. I ma paying for the AG to sue and for the elections board to defend themselves...and in the meantime, my property taxes go up because the schools need money...

If you would like to read the entire article it is here:
Van Hollen sues state accountability board over registration checks

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Originally posted to Mark E. Andersen (Kodiak54) on Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 09:51 AM PDT.

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