Rep. Taylor on Walker’s signing of early voting restriction bill
Today, Governor Scott Walker partially vetoed Senate Bill 324, which reduces voters’ access to in-person early voting at their municipal clerk’s office.
MADISON – Today, Governor Scott Walker partially vetoed Senate Bill 324, which reduces voters’ access to in-person early voting at their municipal clerk’s office. While Walker’s partial veto eliminates a 45 hour per week maximum for early voting, he signed into law today provisions in the bill that limit voting hours between 8am – 7pm and eliminates all weekend early voting, which has become very popular in Madison and other urban centers. Today, Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison), who voted against the bill, released the following statement:
“It must be sad to believe you need to stifle the people’s right to vote in order to win elections. Whether it’s photo identification for voting, limiting early voting hours or allowing more money to flow into our elections, Republicans at every turn are doing their very best to drown out the people’s voice in our elections.
“There is no doubt that smaller communities face financial difficulties in administering their elections, while larger communities face a different challenge altogether, with far more people early voting and longer lines at the polls on Election Day. In the last presidential election, Wisconsin drew the second highest turnout of any state. Wisconsin should strive to be a national role model by working with our election administrators to figure out how to increase our turnout, not reduce it.
“Our oath of office promises to protect the rights of those we represent, including the right to vote. If my Republican colleagues, including Governor Scott Walker, are afraid of people voting, they shouldn’t run for public office.
“This session, Democrats advocated for job creation policies and closing the income inequality gap, while Republicans simply pushed an out-of-state corporate agenda. Today’s bill signing just goes to show that Democrats want to fix problems while Republicans want to rig elections.”