MADISON, Wis. — Despite widespread public opposition, Gov. Scott Walker quietly signed into law new restrictions on early voting today. Walker’s acquiescence to the latest racist, anti-voter scheme by Republicans eliminates weekend early voting in Wisconsin and outlaws municipalities offering citizens the ability to vote in the two weeks prior to Election Day before 8am or after 7pm.
One Wisconsin Institute Executive Director Scot Ross commented, “Gov. Walker has made his choice. He’s put his political ambitions first and turned his back on the constitutional right of Wisconsinites to vote. He is aiding and abetting the fraudulent manipulation of the rules on voting being perpetrated by the Republican controlled legislature.”
Early voting has become an increasingly popular way for Wisconsinites to do their civic duty and have a say in the direction of their communities. In fact, 58 Republican legislators who have supported restrictions on early voting have themselves voted early.
The impacts of the law will be felt heavily in urban areas where long lines are a serious issue at the polls and creates significant new challenges for minorities, seniors, working families and persons with disabilities in accessing the franchise.
Walker signed the legislation despite a mere 12% of respondents in a recent statewide poll endorsing the new restrictions on early voting proposed in the bill presented to Walker for his signature.
“This fight is far from over. It may be Governor Walker’s signature on the bill today, but this fight will end when a judge signs an order declaring this latest Republican attack on voting unconstitutional,” concluded Ross.