Ease of voting

To the Editor,

Our governor and my legislators participated in passing voting limits as part of a nationwide effort by the GOP to make it harder for minorities, veterans, the elderly, and students to vote.

One limit is the restriction of early voting hours that affects larger cities like Milwaukee. Weekend voting is no longer allowed and weekday voting can only occur between 7 am. To 8:00 pm. To his credit, Walker at least vetoed the 45 weekly hour restriction legislators wanted.

The Governor and legislature continue to diminish local control because Wisconsin had allowed clerks to set their own hours, including on the weekends, to deal with circumstances unique to their districts.

Another new voter law allows election observers to stand a few feet from voters and poll workers. These changes could lead to longer lines at polling places and voter harassment with observers breathing down the necks of poll workers and voters.

Voters need to determine if tweaking the voting times is just a partisan game that contributes to the polarization and divisiveness of the past four years. Do these new voting laws amount to “fixing elections” rather than “fixing problems?”

We know the GOP favors these types of limits on voting. I believe that every eligible voter should have easy access to the polls. Putting up barriers will reduce Wisconsin’s high standing in voter turnout compared to other states!

Vote for candidates that will work to change the governance environment in Madison and return Wisconsin to its proud tradition of high civic participation!

Sincerely,
Geralyn Leannah


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