Over 685,000 early votes have been cast in Wisconsin! This is 20,000 more than the 2012 election, and 38,000 more than in 2008.
Robin Voss, Republican head of the state assembly, is not pleased. His beef seems to be that the rules are not uniform across the state, and therefore early voting must be restricted (apparently especially in Milwaukee) to make sure everybody has the same chance to vote.
This would be fine, if it meant that everyone would have expanded early voting, but it is unlikely that is the case. In July, an earlier attempt to make voting access ‘more uniform’ was struck down by Judge James Peterson, who stated that the changes were specifically aimed at preventing African Americans from voting. He also ordered a follow-up investigation on whether local DMVs were following the correct procedures in issuing the ID that voters required.
Of course, Robin “Poutypants” Vos can’t let this go without looking into whether the state can challenge Peterson’s ruling.
"It shouldn't be up to an unelected judge to have the final say."
Senator Jon Erpenbach (D) agrees that it is just another attempt to suppress voting.
"Republicans don't want early voting because they suck at early voting," Erpenbach said. "It's not an advantage (for Democrats); it's the law. And when things don't go the way Republicans want, they change the law."