It would appear that voter ID laws, the GOP's shiny new toy (right along with privatizing the public sector and union-bashing), have come back to bite a(n admittedly small) GOP fish right on their undemocratic ass:
Yes, it’s true. Marcie Malszycki, a Republican legislative aide who works for the guy who co-sponsored the voter ID bill, allegedly voted improperly for Scott Walker – well, actually she allegedly violated the election law in 2008 and 2010, sort of an allegedly running scam if you will. I know, you’re shocked.
Turns out that the aide, Marcie Malszycki, works for the voter ID law's sponsor, state Rep. Warren Petryk (R-Cracker Barrel).
On the downside, Wisconsin's voter ID law is one of the most restrictive in the country:
Under the bill, a voter would have to present a driver’s license, a state ID, a passport, a military ID, naturalization papers or a tribal ID. College students could vote with a school ID as long as it has their signature and an expiration date within two years of the card’s issuance. University of Wisconsin IDs currently do not meet that criteria and would have to be updated to comply before students could use them to vote….
Other changes would take effect immediately, including requiring voters to sign poll books and to live at their current address for 28 days rather than 10 days before they could cast a ballot.
Of course, now that one of their own has been rightfully nailed, the piggies are squealing!
Cue the claims that it’s being applied too seriously in the case of Malszycki, who reportedly was in Onalaska temporarily and should have voted from her Madison address. But Talking Points Memo reported on the billboards cropping up around Wisconsin screaming that voter fraud is a felony, subject to $10,000 in fines and 3 years in jail:
Loving the schadenfreude - it's so schadenfreudy!