Jennifer Shilling
Press Release

Voter System Crash Causes Statewide Concern

Statewide Outages Prevent Early Voting and Registration

By - Apr 1st, 2016 03:41 pm

MADISON – In response to today’s statewide server failure that prevented local clerks from registering voters and DMV offices from issuing state identification cards, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling released the following statement:

“Today’s server failure raises serious concerns about voter disenfranchisement in Wisconsin. We do not yet know how many people were turned away from casting absentee ballots by local clerks who were unable to access the state’s voter registration system or DMV offices that could not issue the state identification cards necessary to vote on Tuesday.

“Democrats in the Senate and Assembly sent a letter to Governor Walker, DOA Secretary Scott Neitzel, and DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb asking them to enact additional accommodations for Wisconsin voters in lieu of today’s outage. The letter requests that DMV hours be extended over the weekend and Monday and that the new voter identification requirements be temporarily suspended for the April 5 election.

“This is exactly what my Democratic colleagues and I said would happen when Republicans pushed through legislation that created new barriers to voting, limited voter registration, and restricted in-person absentee voting. I continue to believe that we should expand voter rights and encourage greater turnout rather than restricting access to the polls.”

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One thought on “Voter System Crash Causes Statewide Concern”

  1. Steve says:

    I wasn’t able to vote yesterday, nor was I interested in playing the Governers games, like standing in line for what, hours …days maybe(?) until I can cast my vote that may never even be counted. When I talked to the Clerk earlier this week she assured me that all precautions were being taken and that everything would be fine for either voting absentee or in person on Tuesday. I had my doubts. Here’s evidence of the first step to stop voters from even showing up on Tuesday.
    Take a good look at who shows up on voting day. It’s not the rich or well to do. It’s the folks who would rather be doing something else besides being jerked around by the Republican power freaks. This is the way it will be for decades to came lest there’s a revolution.

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