Gov. Scott Walker closes Wisconsin DMV offices in Democratic areas that could provide voter I.D.


I previously posted (thanks to the Maddow Blog) that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will begin to issue FREE Wisconsin ID cards for voting:

A free ID card is available under Wisconsin law to anyone who:

  • will be at least 18 years of age on the date of the next election and;
  • requests an ID card for the purpose of voting.

A free ID card is NOT available under the following circumstances:

  • If you currently have a valid, unexpired  driver license (DL), you are not eligible under Wisconsin law to obtain an ID.
  • If you will not be at least 18 years of age on the date of the next election.
  • If you already have a Wisconsin ID card that is not eligible for renewal (you may renew your ID card up to one year prior to its expiration date).
  • If you are not eligible to vote in Wisconsin.

That was great news, considering disenfranchising thousands is nothing more than a sleazy, dirty trick designed to eliminate mostly Democratic voters; that's because the poor, the elderly, and students are less likely to have picture I.D. and more likely to be Democrats.

You know what's not great news? This, via Think Progress:

Gov. Scott Walker’s administration is working on finalizing a plan to close as many as 10 offices where people can obtain driver’s licenses in order to expand hours elsewhere and come into compliance with new requirements that voters show photo IDs at the polls.

One Democratic lawmaker said Friday it appeared the decisions were based on politics, with the department targeting offices for closure in Democratic areas and expanding hours for those in Republican districts. [...] Rep. Andy Jorgensen, D-Fort Atkinson, called on the state Department of Transportation to reconsider its plants to close the Fort Atkinson DMV center. The department plans to expand by four hours a week the hours of a center about 30 minutes away in Watertown. [...]

“What the heck is going on here?” Jorgensen said. “Is politics at play here?”

Why yes, Andy Jorgensen, it is. And it has been ever since Scott Walker took office. Welcome to Voter Suppression 2011.