On Thursday, another bombshell report revealed that Mr. Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen paid an online tech firm to rig online polls “at the direction” of the president, further providing proof that there was interference in the 2016 presidential election.
On the same day this stunning revelation was made public, a federal judge in Wisconsin struck down early voting restrictions authored by the GOP. According to AP News:
‘Republicans voted in December to limit in-person early voting to no more than two weeks before an election. The move came after a difficult midterm election in November in which the overwhelmingly Democratic cities of Madison and Milwaukee held early voting for six weeks — far longer than in smaller and more conservative communities.’
This comes after the GOP lost every statewide race but retained majorities in the legislature. They quickly convened a lame-duck session to pass bills that Governor Scott Walker (R), who was also defeated in the election, could sign before leaving office.
What Walker and the GOP argued was that the early-voting window should be uniform across the state, and not left up to individual communities to determine. Walker also argued that each community could decide when to offer early voting within the two-week window.
AP News reported:
‘A coalition of liberal groups with the support of former Democratic U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asked U.S. District Judge James Peterson to strike down the restrictions three days after Walker signed them into law.’
Peterson blocked similar two-week window voting restriction laws along with a number of other Republican-authored voting laws in 2016. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has been asked by state attorneys to reverse Peterson’s ruling.
‘This is not a close question. Defendants do not even attempt to show that there is a material difference between the number of days permitted under (the lame-duck law) and the number of days permitted under the previous law.’
Under the lame-duck law, the Republicans included provisions that prohibit voters from using expired student IDs and temporary IDs older than 60 days as identification in the polls. Peterson also struck down those provisions, saying they were too closely aligned with statutes he struck down in 2016 that blocked expired student IDs and invalidated temporary IDs older than 180 days.
Scot Ross, the executive director of One Wisconsin Institute, one of the organizations who brought the challenge, told Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and other Republicans in a statement that:
‘in no uncertain terms that they are not above the law. The Republican attacks on voting rights were unconstitutional when they were passed, they were unconstitutional when the judge struck them down and they are unconstitutional now.’
The chairwoman of the Wisconsin state Democratic Party said in a statement that Democrats will continue their need to fight Republican attempts to:
‘rig the system in their favor and sabotage our democratic processes with strong opposition.’
Twitter also had something to say about the ruling:
Other voting challenges have been in other states across the country as well which have also been brought by Republicans. In Georgia, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the newly elected governor of Georgia, was highly involved in election procedures during his candidacy which drew a lot of criticism in itself, but he also attempted to enact laws which amounted to voter suppression.
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