GOP/state A.G.’s attempt at voter supression stopped — for now

The good news: state A.G. Van Hollen’s disenfranchisement lawsuit was dismissed today in a Dane County Court. In my eyes, and as Michael Leon wrote on Uppity Wisconsin, “the GOP is trying to throw the election into confusion by ensuring that massive provisional ballots be cast, as well as massive delays. Van Hollen ignores this reality and raises the specter of voting fraud.”

Van Hollen in a statement on the Wisconsin Department of Justice website: “When a lower court gets the law wrong, parties appeal to a higher court, and that’s what I will do.”

Now that the state supreme court is stacked with WMC appointees, there could be a real danger in this. Fortunately, I’m hopeful that when the case is appealed as Van Hollen is hinting, it will be shot down by a higher court, much like how the Republican Party of Ohio’s case that was thrown out by the Supreme Court. It too sought to remove the scores of new voters. [The GOP also tried — and failed — in Nevada and Indian.]

My bigger concern is that “they” (those who wish to prevent the masses from achieving a popular vote) are throwing spaghetti, trying a number of different strategies across the country in the hope that one will stick and block potentially hundreds of thousands of new voters from voting on November 4. It’s just a possibility. It might not be happening. But I have a small but sinister feeling that it is.

We need to keep an eye on Van Hollen and his cronies. They’re not going to stop just because they lost one battle. They’re at war.

Please see Save Wisconsin’s Vote to find out more, and how you can help.

Also: More on this at DailyKos.


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.