Why Bother With The Rest Of The State - Just Count Votes From Milwaukee And Madison?

Jeff Wagner

Why Bother With The Rest Of The State - Just Count Votes From Milwaukee And Madison?

CREATED Feb. 16, 2014

It used to be that we had an Election Day in this country.  You know, every two years in the Spring and Fall, we would go to the polls on a designated day and elect our representatives.  If you were unable to make it to the polls on the day of the election, you could vote absentee.

In Wisconsin, we now have "Election Weeks" not Election Day.  We also allow absentee voting not only for those who are unable to make it to the polls but for those who declare themselves "unwilling" to vote on the prescribed day.

In order to facilitate this early voting, some municipal clerks across the State have started staying open beyond normal business hours.

For example, during the last Presidential election, the  Madison City Clerk stayed open until 7 pm each weekday evening as well as Saturday and Sunday. The City of Milwaukee similarly offered extended hours.

Most City Clerk's offices throughout the State do not have the resources to stay open later at night or offer weekend hours.  As a result, if you live in a place like Madison or Milwaukee, you have a greater opportunity to vote than someone who lives in the rest of Wisconsin.

Republicans ate currently pushing a bill which would standardize hours for in-person absentee voting througout the State.  Democrats and their allies in the media realize that keeping the polls open longer in Democrat strongholds gives them an advantage.  Accordingly, they are fighting the effort to have a level playing field for all Wisconsin voters regardless of where they live.

Should polling hours be standardized?  We'll discuss the issue during the 2 p.m. hour of Monday's rsadio show.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the Comments section - and be sure to check back later to hear a replay of the segment.

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