News/Talk 1130 WISN's Dan O'Donnell refutes claims of "Republican voter suppression" and "disenfranchisement" from liberal activists during a Capitol demonstration today.
Here are the five key questions to ask people who claim Republicans are trying to "disenfranchise" voters by making early voting hours uniform across the state:
1. Are voters in smaller communities that are not able to open their city clerks' offices on weekends currently being disenfranchised?
2. If making voting hours uniform for all people across the state is "disenfranchising" people, then why is the state law (Wis. Stat. 6.78) that makes election day hours constitutional?
3. Under Wis. Stat. 6.78(2), very small cities, towns, and villages (designated in the law as "4th class") open their polls from 9 am until 8 pm, not the 7 am until 8 pm, of larger 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class cities. Are people in 4th class cities being disenfranchised by this?
4. Employers are legally required under Wis. Stat. 6.76 to give workers up to three hours' leave to vote, so why is it so necessary to have early voting on weekends?
5. Are members of small communities that do not currently have early voting on weekends being disenfranchised by this?