Skip to comments.Elections chief does not want Supreme Court to act on voter ID this fall
Posted on 09/15/2012 5:41:28 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
Madison - The state's chief elections official said Wednesday that he does not want the Wisconsin Supreme Court to rule before the Nov. 6 presidential election on two cases that have blocked the state's voter ID law.
If the high court were to reinstate the law in the next eight weeks, people who do not have appropriate IDs may have to scramble to get them, said Kevin Kennedy, director of the state Government Accountability Board. Additionally, his agency would have to rush to train clerks and poll workers on what IDs could be used for voting.
"There's not enough time," Kennedy said.
Two Dane County judges blocked the voter ID law this year in cases against Gov. Scott Walker and Kennedy's board, which runs state elections. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen in August asked the Supreme Court to take the cases and quickly rule on them so the law can be in place for this fall's election.
The court has not yet said what it will do, though in April it declined to take them when Van Hollen made an earlier request.
Van Hollen must represent clients with two different viewpoints - Walker wants the case taken up soon, while the accountability board wants the matter decided after the election. Kennedy said he informed Van Hollen's Department of Justice of his concerns, adding he recognized the attorney general's authority to decide how to handle the case.
"We said, 'This is going to create problems,' and they said, 'Well, we want this resolved quickly,' " Kennedy said.
Walker and Van Hollen are Republicans. The accountability board is nonpartisan and consists of six retired judges. Kennedy said the board has no position on whether the state should require IDs for voting, but that for administrative reasons, it does not want major changes...
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Kennedy in a January news conference.
His excuses are totally bogus. All it takes is a list of the current acceptable ID posted at each poll. We've already had Voter ID in one election. Election officials are already trained.
Wisconsin Voter ID alert.
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He has plenty of time, he just wants phony Democrat votes.
Democrats can hook up illegals and others with services all the time.
Why can’t they get the incredibly small number of people without id, id well before the election, it’s free in WI if you’re poor.
The reason is they can’t do voter fraud as much if voter id is the law.
the only reason that this is done is to support voter fraud.
no other reason, no logic behind it.
just rat lies.
Solution without voter ID. Check list at polling place of deceased and felons. Requires no ID but would eliminate voting the graveyard and felons voting illegally.
They have them sign a certification that if they vote more than once, they understand the will be prosecuted.
We must not let them steal this election with voter fraud.
The Lefties in Wisconsin, like Kennedy, can only win by underhanded shennanegans and, of course, using the Liberal Circuit Court Madison judges. This is getting old. Talk about obstruction!
BULL SH!T ELECTION BOARD NON-PARTISAN. All of them were appointed by the previous governor Diamond Jim Doyle a democrat.
Cry me a river. The Court should rule in the ordinary course. Since when did a functionary like Kennedy get to determine the docket of the Wisconsin Supreme Court?
In other words, the ballot boxes have already been stuffed.
It gets more sickening every day.
It’s so obvious what they’re up to.
“”There’s not enough time,” Kennedy said”
Get the ID NOW! What’s the problem?
Why wait until there is a final decision. Get the ID now! Problem solved!
All of the Democrat fraudmisters are spinning this lie. One of the Elections Commissioner in one of the most politically corrupt counties in Minnesota is spinning this same fable almost word for word
“Walker and Van Hollen are Republicans.”
NO MENTION that KENNEDY is a DEMOCRAT. How odd.
“The groups involved in the two cases - the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera - have asked the Supreme Court not to take the case at this time. “
AND..... what do these three groups have in common?
Think of him as Sejanus, and those judges? tsk tsk tsk!
I’m going to actually experiment in WA state on November 6th. I will vote normally, then ask for an additional ballot and say I “accidently” voted for Romney, I’ll report back what happens.
Just the usual load of democrap bovine excriment.
First, the law was passed long ago - so people had plenty of time to get their IDs. If they didn’t bother before the law got shot down, it’s not the Supreme Court’s fault.
Second, if the state cannot train its poll workers to read an ID in 8 weeks, they need to go to liquor stores, and pick up some people there - it’s not very hard to read IDs.
Third, the state also had plenty of time to train its people, unless they were STUPID ENOUGH to ignore the law, based on the assumption that the courts would do their dirty work. If that were the case, then it’s also not the Supreme Court’s problem.
(I guess I’ll keep going)
Fourth, the 5 people* in the state that do not have IDs, but are legal voters, can vote provisionally, and then, if needed (which usually isn’t the case, when it’s only 5 people*), they can go to the state and get their IDs, and then have their votes counted. The 863,489 others that will now have to vote provisionally, claiming they don’t have ID, won’t bother, since they won’t be able to get a fake ID from the state that easily.
Fifth, didn’t the Supreme Court already rule Voter ID is legal. If so, it shouldn’t take long to slap-down the judges that ignore them.
Sixth, having an ‘inconvenient’ court timetable has never been a valid excuse in a court (that I know of).
Seventh, this ‘Elections Chief’ was more than welcome to IGNORE the courts and train the poll workers on how to read IDs - then, if the ultimate outcome was to not require ID, it’s easy enough to tell the poll workers just that.
Eighth - likewise, this ‘Elections Chief’ could have obtained legitimate IDs for the 5 legal people* that needed them - and not worried about the court outcome. He chose instead to use them as pawns in his political game.
Finally - it’s clear that he’s trying to game the system by dragging this out.
*I’m not sure about the number of legal voters that don’t have any ID. I chose 5 as a safe number, but please forgive me if it’s 2, or 3, instead.
LOLOLOL! I checked your home page because I was sure that you were from Wisconsin, you picked all of the reasons so perfectly! Alas, you are just one of those smart Texans. I wish you lived here to talk some sense into that leftist snake in the grass*, Kevin Kennedy. I don’t know how he keeps his job. I’ve had dealings with him over the years and have found that his advice (on election matters) is usually bad.
*Note that I did not call him a POS because I’m a lady!
We do have a checklist of felons at every polling place. We’ve never had a checklist of the deceased. I imagine that would be hard to keep up to date. Until recently we had a hard time getting the County Clerk to remove the deceased from the poll lists.
One of our problems in Wisconsin is that state law allows voters to register at the polls on election day with minimal ID. Until this year, a person without ID could just have another person in line “vouch” for him. The fraud is not identified until months after the election. By then it does no good and is seldom prosecuted.
If you think Voter ID has raised a ruckus, just wait until the legislature tries to overturn same day registration!
By the way, voter ID has been passed by both the people and the legislature at least 3 times in the 27 years I’ve lived here and vetoed every time by a Dem governor. This time it was passed and put into effect, but the League of Women Voters and the ACLU sued and got injunctions put on the law. We used voter ID for one election, and it has been suspended ever since.
Correction, it was the League of Women Voters and the NAACP that sued. The ACLU hasn’t weighed in on this one yet.
Voter fraud is revolting!
I wonder what George Washington would do to someone or some group caught committing voter fraud?
Sorry. Timing is everything. And we seldom get to choose our timing.
And there is always the “purple ink” on the index finger.
That works too.
You’ve got it! And anybody who is worried about her manicure can just pound salt, instead of voting.
Those 3 approaches should put a dent in voter fraud, and don’t require Feds approval.
Ah, but they require Kevin Kennedy approval, and that is the fly in the ointment.