Voting Time Standardization

There is a bill in the Wisconsin Legislature to standardize the voting hours for early voting in Wisconsin. In recent elections, the heavily liberal areas of Milwaukee and Madison have had much longer early voting hours, including weekends, where most of the out-state areas, that tend to lean conservative, don’t have the budget to keep the extended hours that the urban areas can.

As can be expected from their playbook, the democrats are calling this racist, and an effort to suppress the urban vote.

What would the democrats be saying if things were reversed, and the out-state constituents had the longer voting hours? If you have elections, everyone should have an equal opportunity to vote.

It is natural and reasonable to impose a uniform set of hours to vote in. It is done every election day. If any limit on voting hours is an attempt to disenfranchiseĀ  voters, then we can’t close polls. Ever. If I forgot to vote Tuesday, why can’t I come in on Wednesday? Or Thursday…

For all the talk about voter disenfranchisement, the reverse is true as well. A person that is not given a fair chance to vote is disenfranchised, not the one who can’t vote at the non-standard time that they want to. And while this is not specifically about voter fraud, every fraudulent vote is a legitimate voter disenfranchised.

We need fair laws, that give everyone a fair and reasonable chance to vote, not a system that allows people in favored areas to vote any time they want.

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