The Democrats have long argued that voter ID laws are unconstitutional, in no small part because they discriminate against the poor.
After all, they say that getting an ID can be difficult and expensive, something that’s hard for individuals who don’t necessarily have a lot of time and money on their hands.
However, nobody told that to their social media team — at least in Wisconsin.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out this Monday tweet by the Democratic Party Wisconsin.
The post was made in advance of a Feb. 20 Wisconsin Supreme Court election. Wisconsin is one of a number of states with some form of voter ID law, which means there’s no chance underprivileged voters will be able to vote in the numbers they should — right?
A good reminder — getting a photo ID is free and easy. The primary election for the WI Supreme Court is in 15 days (Feb 20th).
— Wisconsin Democrats (@WisDems) February 5, 2018
And just like that, the narrative goes poof. Yes, it seems that there’s actually a pretty robust process to make sure that free voter IDs can be issued in Wisconsin.
“For persons who need identification to show at the polls for voting, DMV offers free Wisconsin IDs,” the Sawyer County Record reported on Sunday.
And if you don’t have the documents, there’s also an answer for that: Citizens may use what’s known as the Voter ID Petition Process if the required documents needed for an ID are not readily available.
“The process, available free of charge, can be used to quickly obtain a receipt valid to take to the polls for voting while the remaining documents or verifications are obtained,” the Record noted,.
And keep in mind, there is no separate voter ID. A Wisconsin state ID or driver’s license will suffice, as the Washington Free Beacon pointed out.
Yet, we’ve been told for years that scabrous voter ID laws are nothing more than an attempt to marginalize the poor and people of color. (Because apparently, people of color can’t get a driver’s license or state ID — a rather racist assumption if I’ve ever heard one.)
In 2016, unlamented former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said that the whole thing was just “business as usual” for the GOP, almost as if racism were there stock in trade.
Wasserman Schultz said that the voter ID law was “the inevitable result” of the Republicans attempting “to intentionally make it harder for students, women, minorities, working parents, the elderly, and the poor to vote.”
“And this is not an isolated incident,” Wasserman Schultz warned. “What we saw in Wisconsin today is business as usual for the GOP.”
Yes, business as usual: Providing free IDs and ways that those without the requisite documents can still vote. Those irredeemable bigots.
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