A Stain on Democracy: GOP Tentatively Approves Voter Suppression Bill

Feb 23, 2011

Democrats Won’t Be Able to Offer Amendments to Protect the Voting Rights of Seniors, College Students and Minorities

MADISON-Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate on Republican approval of restrictions on Wisconsin voter access, in the form of the so-called “Voter ID” legislation:

“Without honest reasons, with total malice, the Republicans in Wisconsin’s Senate today showed that Scott Walker’s moment in history is about accruing all power to the state’s shameful Republican party, and about nothing else. Not about creating jobs. Not about increasing our freedoms. Not about the better good for Wisconsin. The vote today, when Jim Crow finally came to Wisconsin, is a shameful episode in our state’s long march toward progress. Without a single Democrat present, and in the same petulant manner as their godshead, Scott Walker, the Republicans have shown themselves for what they really are, pawns in the Koch Brothers plan to grind the less-powerful in Wisconsin, those working men and women who work for a living, underfoot.”