Ever wonder what is in those 400 proposed bills that the states have been trying to pass into law following President Joe Biden’s 2020 win? We know that they are repressive, they make voting much much harder, and they attack both election workers and absentee ballots. Delve deeper and find that someone brought the super-size jar of crazy out.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D) has vetoed four bills that the Republican-heavy state legislature tried to pass. President Biden beat Donald Trump by fewer than 21,000 votes. Democrats said that the proposed bills were voter suppression legislation. The state’s GOP claimed they were important and “necessary to ensure clean elections,” according to The Associated Press (AP). However, there has been almost zero election fraud, proven over and over.
Texas Democrats fled the state so that Republicans could not reach a quorum that would allow them to pass further voting restrictions. Fortunately, Wisconsin Republicans do not have the numbers to override Evers’ veto.
Thus far, Trump brought over 60 state and federal lawsuits to try to turn the election his way. The ex-president targeted Democratic-heavy Milwaukee and Dane counties and tried to disqualify thousands of absentee ballots. There was more. Wisconsin Republicans approved a review by a “nonpartisan legislative audit bureau.”
In addition, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos authorized another investigation by a former Supreme Court justice plus her own “cyber-forensic” review:
‘The Republican who leads the Assembly’s elections committee is also pursuing her own “cyber-forensic” review of the results, with subpoenas to election clerks in two counties that demand they turn over ballots and voting equipment.’
This was the first bill that Governor Evers vetoed:
‘[One bill] Evers vetoed would have required most elderly and disabled people who are indefinitely confined — unable to get to the polls on their own — to show photo ID to vote absentee. Such voters would have to apply for a ballot every year, rather than having one sent automatically. And all absentee voters would have had to fill out more paperwork and show their ID every time they vote absentee, rather than just the first time.’
Then, there was a second bill he vetoed:
‘[A second] bill would have blocked the longstanding practice of allowing local election officials to fill in missing information on the envelopes that voters use to return absentee ballots.’
Trump tried to toss 5,500 Wisconsin absentee ballots where the election workers filled in the missing address information on certification absentee ballot envelopes. The legislation would have made that a felony with a possible $10,000 fine and three years in prison, according to KXNet.
A third bill Evers vetoed would have:
‘[D]isallowed ballot collection events any earlier than two weeks before an election. It also would have allowed for only one collection site for absentee ballots, located near the local clerk’s office. Republican supporters said the goal was to prevent “ballot harvesting” by disallowing events or locations where ballots could be collected.’
The fourth legislation was to quash Democratic events in city parks. Poll workers “collected absentee ballots before the early voting period started two weeks prior to the election:”
‘[The fourth vetoed bill] would have made it a felony for an employee of a nursing home or other care facility to coerce an occupant to apply for, or not apply for, an absentee ballot. It would also require the nursing home to provide notice to relatives when special voting deputies planned to be on hand to assist residents with casting their ballots.’
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