Government Accountability Board Decides to do its Job

Posted October 22nd, 2012 @ 8:08 AM by

In a shocking turn of events, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board has decided to actually enforce election law instead of just sitting on the sidelines shaking its finger: GAB to election observers: No more warnings on voter intimidation

After hearing more and more reports of election observers intimidating voters, a top Wisconsin Government Accountability Board official has warned that no more disruptions will be tolerated.

“In recent elections, the GAB has received an increasing number of reports describing aggressive or disruptive behavior by a minority of observers,” election division administrator Nathaniel Robinson wrote in an Aug. 10 letter. “…behavior that is disruptive, including conversing with or intimidating voters, or questioning election inspectors other than the chief inspector, will not be tolerated.”

Robinson didn’t specify any group of observers, but a League of Women Voters of Wisconsin report on the June 5 recall found “some polling sites had election observers who intimidated voters and interfered with the registration process.

As you can see above, the GAB doesn’t call out any specific groups, but this is a warning to right-wing groups that have been attempting to gum up the voting process in Wisconsin.

Of course, the right-wing groups will respond that they are merely trying to prevent voter fraud. The fact of the matter is that there not any notable voter fraud in Wisconsin. So why do they keep going?

As I’ve pointed out before, this is the real point of the conservative “anti-fraud” efforts:

On Election Day, poll watchers appeared to have slowed voting to a crawl at Lawrence University in Appleton, where some students were attempting to register and vote on the same day.

Charlene Peterson, the city clerk in Appleton, said three election observers, including one from True the Vote, were so disruptive that she gave them two warnings.

“They were making challenges of certain kinds and just kind of in physical contact with some of the poll workers, leaning over them, checking and looking,” said John Lepinski, a poll watcher and former Democratic Party chairman for Outagamie County.

He said that as a result of the scrutiny, the line to register moved slowly. Finally, he said, some students gave up and left.

It’s about time the GAB has decided to do something about this unacceptable and undemocratic behavior.

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