Jul 25, 2011

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker enacts Voter ID law, then closes 10 DMV locations


There have been many people wondering just where these DMV locations are, that Republican Governor Scott Walker has ordered closed.  Well, according to Think Progress, there is at least one location that fits into the description that I, and others, have had.

The reason given for closing 10 DMV locations (after signing a law mandating a DMV issued license or ID card to vote) was that it was not political, only done so that other DMV's could stay open longer, and serve the communities better.   However, according to this post by ThinkProgress, it seems that it's the Republican community that he's most concerned with.

One Democratic lawmaker said Friday it appeared the decisions were based on politics, with the department targeting offices for closure in Democratic areas and expanding hours for those in Republican districts. [...]

Rep. Andy Jorgensen, D-Fort Atkinson, called on the state Department of Transportation to reconsider its plants to close the Fort Atkinson DMV center. The department plans to expand by four hours a week the hours of a center about 30 minutes away in Watertown. [...]
“What the heck is going on here?” Jorgensen said. “Is politics at play here?”

So he closes a DMV office in a Democratic voting area, and expands the hours of the one in the Republican area?   Interesting.  I don't have a full list at this time of all the DMV's that are to be closed, but I'm guessing that the full list will follow this trend highlighted above.  Democratic voting areas get their DMV shut down, while Republican voting areas will have their DMV's hours expanded.

As I said, interesting.


I've watched with interest the way the whole Scott Walker thing has gone on in Wisconsin.   Over his tenure he seems to be doing everything he can to screw over the low income and the poor in favor of those corporate bosses who send him money.   Favoring the Haves over the Have-Nots.

This was obviously the case with his attempts at shutting down the Teacher Unions in Wisconsin, trying to remove their collective bargaining rights, and in the process attempting to demonize his opposition by trying to paint them as not caring about the kids, but only about their selves.   This was reinforced on Fox News where they would talk about "oh Teachers only work until 2 anyway, and they make so much money".

As the son of a former teacher, I can assure you that teachers do not stop working at 2pm.   But this is nothing new for Republicans like Walker.   They have no sense of being able to understand what these people are going through.

It's like when you see people who try to cut off funds for low income housing or groups that try to feed the homeless.  You get the feeling that none of them have ever had to worry about whether they will have a next meal.  Whether they will have shelter over their head.   That they have never had a single day of wanting in their lives.


So now that the Union Busting efforts have since faded from the media's attention, I guess it was only time before Walker did something else that reeks of the blatantly political discrimination that his party is known for.

Recently Walker signed into law the Voter ID act which would mandate that anyone who is going to vote have a photo ID, Drivers License, Military ID or something like that.   They would have to go to the local DMV and pay the $25.00 or whatever it costs in their area for an ID and have it when they go to vote.

The Republicans claim that this isn't politically motivated and is only done to ensure honest elections.  However the fact remains that the people that this will overwhelmingly affect -- minorities, students, the poor, the elderly -- tend to mostly vote Democratic.

So after Walker enacts the Voter ID law, which mandates that anyone who is going to vote has to go to the local DMV and pay for a photo ID or Drivers License, what does Walker do to ensure that nobody think this might be preemptive politically motivated attack against those who would vote for the other side?

Why he then, before the law goes into effect, closes 10 DMV locations.  Is this not the ballsiest thing you've seen?  The most blatant act of political hackery?  Now Walker claims this is not politically related, it's simply a way to improve the hours the remaining DMV locations can remain open.

I call bullshit on that, and I would love to see where those locations that are closing are, and what parts of town they are in.   How much you want to bet that they are in lower income areas, college areas, and the such?   Maybe I'm wrong, but I wouldn't be surprised if I wasn't.

Whenever Fox News gets it's knickers in a twist over "voter fraud", they always talk about what those evil Liberals are doing.  Yet it's the Republicans that are almost always playing these little tricks like this.  In recent Wisconsin recall elections, Democratic voters received automated messages on THE DAY OF THE ELECTION telling them that they would be mailed absentee ballots for the "upcoming elections".

Funny thing about that though.  The calls were from a "Right to Life" group based out of Virginia that was attempting to stifle the Democratic voter turnout.

And this isn't restricted to Wisconsin.  Republicans have been targeting the African American, Hispanic and other communities for years with these tactics.

  • In 2010, Spanish language robocalls were made in Southern California that targeted Hispanic voters, telling them to remember to vote Nov. 3, the day after the election.
  • That same year in Kansas, robocalls told voters they need to bring their voter registration card to the polls as well as proof of homeownership in order to cast a ballot — neither of which is true.
  • In 2006, Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan reported that in one county, “robo-calls warned voters to bring photo ID to the polls or they would not be allowed to vote.” Meanwhile, in Virginia, Colorado and New Mexico, voters reported receiving calls before the election claiming that their registrations had been cancelled and that they would be arrested if they tried to vote.


  1. Which locations? I have searched the articles publishede on this in newspapers and blogs and more and can't find a list. Somebody's got one.

  2. I would love to know as well, as I said in the piece. I'm betting that the locations are going to be in democratic voting areas, areas with high numbers of minorities and low income voters.

    I'll look around, and if I can find something I will post it as an update.

    Thanks for reading!

  3. Original post updated with a bit of info.


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