Rep. Mandela Barnes on Jeff Stone’s Voter Suppression Bill: ‘Like a Civil War Reenactment’
Last Friday, before the
Memorial Day vacation, Greendale Rep. Jeff Stone began circulating his omnibus
voter suppression bill, which, among other things, would reinstate the legally
challenged voter ID requirement, open up loopholes for corporations sponsoring
phony issue ads, shorten the amount of time for in-person absentee voting and
micromanage election workers.
(You can get the gory details
It’s scheduled for a
committee hearing on Tuesday morning and a vote on Thursday.
One Wisconsin Now and
allied organizations hosted a press conference earlier today to draw attention
to Stone’s bill.
“It doesn’t even have an Assembly Bill number yet," said Rep. Jocasta
Zamarripa, a member of the elections committing that will take up the bill on
Tuesday. "This again speaks to the ram-rodding that goes on in the Capitol to push forth
this kind of divisive political agenda when we’re 44th in the nation
in job creation and we should be focusing on jobs. Instead, we’re trying to restrict Wisconsinites’ right to the
Warp speed indeed.
Stone’s voter suppression
package is so bad that Milwaukee Rep. Mandela Barnes said, “When we see bills
like this that are constantly reintroduced, voter restriction bills, it’s like
a Civil War reenactment. But some people don’t realize that the South actually
One Wisconsin Now
Executive Director Scot Ross decried Stone’s hypocrisy. His voter suppression
bill removes the ability for potential voters to use electronic records to
prove their identity or residence. Yet Stone had co-authored a bill just two
months ago that would allow drivers to use electronic records to prove that
they had insurance coverage.
“Shameful,” Ross said.
And about that “widespread
voter fraud” boogeyman pushed by the Republicans as the justification for this
“The only fraud in Wisconsin are partisan politicians like Jeff Stone manipulating the process for political gains,” Ross said.