By Brian Wojtalewicz
Just last week, an election supervisor in Florida discovered 106 “questionable” voter registration applications turned in by a contractor for the Republican Party of Florida. The handwriting on the supposed signatures looked all too similar, coupled with missing key information and addresses that were inaccurate. Turns out the contractor was actually an outfit controlled by the notorious Nathan Sproul, who gets hired year after year by state Republican parties, and this year by the Romney campaign, despite repeated allegations of voter registration fraud. It works like this. They get paid very well (over a $million in Florida) to get new voters registered. When they meet a voter who identifies as Republican, they put down all accurate information, but when they meet one who identifies as Democrat or Independent, they place inaccurate information on the form, even after the person has signed it and walked away, which insures that the Democrat or Independent won’t be properly registered.
The contractor for the California Republican Party got caught turning in over 1,000 fraudulent voter registrations this election year. The disguised outfits controlled by the notorious Sproul are now being paid for their work in key battleground states like North Carolina, Virginia and Colorado.
This is the same Republican Party that has pushed new photo I.D. laws, including the proposed constitutional amendment here in Minnesota. They want a system that has now been instituted in Wisconsin, where college students with state college issued photo I.D. cards will find themselves not able to use those as sufficient I.D. to vote, because it has to be a different state-issued photo I.D.! There is no proof that people have used fake identification when voting.
The Brennan Center for Justice reports that these new voter I.D. laws will cause denial of the right to vote to over 5 million American citizens. Those denied will be overwhelmingly from these groups of Americans who currently have no government photo I.D.:
•6.0 million seniors
•5.5 million African Americans
• 8.1 million Hispanics
• 4.5 million 18-24 year olds
• 15% of voters with household income under $35,000 a year
The Republican Party doesn’t want fair elections. They are working feverishly and with deceit to keep millions of Americans from voting. The proposed constitutional amendment on voter I.D. in Minnesota is just one part of their nationwide effort of voter suppression. It’s very important to VOTE NO on November 6.
Brian Wojtalewicz is an attorney in Appleton