Republican Congressman Admits Voter ID Helps Suppress Votes

By Robert Miranda, Editor: Wisconsin Spanish Journal

April 14, 2016

After the election on April 5th during a Republican Election Night party, Congressman Glenn Grothman was interviewed by a television news network and without hesitation bellowed out that Republicans would win Wisconsin in the upcoming elections because as he put it, “…we have photo ID, and I think photo ID is going to make a little bit of a difference as well.”

I thought to myself NO KIDDING!

In a moment of extraordinary honesty, GOP congressman Grothman said the new voter ID law will help enable Republican candidates running for office beat Democrats in the November elections.

The statement made by the Congressman didn’t surprise me. For years it has been argued that voter ID would suppress enough Democratic votes to enable Republican candidates running for office greater odds at beating Democrats in a election. To actually say it out loud… to a reporter… on camera, was arrogance on his part.

Rep. Glenn Grothman’s statement was made in response to questions about the primaries in Wisconsin. His statement gave credence to arguments that voter ID laws are tools used by conservatives to disenfranchise the poor and minorities, many of whom vote for Democrats.

An estimated 300,000 registered voters in Wisconsin, 9 percent of the electorate, were considered at risk of being disenfranchised during the primaries. The law in Wisconsin, and in other states with similar rules on the books, predominantly affects groups such as African-Americans, the poor, elderly individuals and students.

Grothman said something similar in 2012, when he was minority assistant leader in the state Senate. At that time, he said the law, which he helped to pass in 2011, could help GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney if it were in effect for the November election then, because “people who vote inappropriately are more likely to vote Democrat.”

Conservatives often defend the laws as tools to guard against voter fraud, promoting voter integrity and even increasing turnout. However, there is almost no evidence that in-person voter fraud is a widespread issue. Conservative Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit bluntly characterized Wisconsin’s law as a “poll tax.”

“There is only one motivation for imposing burdens on voting that are ostensibly designed to discourage voter-impersonation fraud,” he wrote in an opinion for a case addressing Wisconsin’s law, “and that is to discourage voting by persons likely to vote against the party responsible for imposing the burdens.”

The law contributed to hourslong lines at polling stations for the state’s GOP and Democratic primaries, which Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) won, respectively.

Congressman Glenn Grothman, the man who stood against establishing Cesar E. Chavez day in Wisconsin, and used to make his state legislative staff work on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and puts out press releases complaining about Kwanzaa, now admits voter ID was designed to limit the ability of Americans to vote.

Clearly, Republican values are uncivilized.

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