February 21, 2012

At the Spring Primary Café...



... cast your vote.

Talk about anything you want, but this was what it looked like at our polling place... on the first day where the new Wisconsin voter I.D. applied:
Election officials reported no problems enforcing the new law....

With April's elections are expected to be much bigger, especially with a presidential primary on the ballot, Tuesday's sparse ballot provided local officials a more relaxed rollout to the new law requiring all voters show a photo ID before getting a ballot.
I enjoyed showing my I.D. for the first time, and I took the opportunity to ask the poll workers if there had been any I.D.-related troubles. I was told that there was one woman who'd forgotten her I.D., but she cast a provisional ballot, which will become official when she comes back with her I.D.

56 comments:

m stone said...

Provisional ballots are rendered legal after Friday as I understand it, further complicating close races that might have been called earlier.
School board races can hinge on just a few votes.

edutcher said...

I'm sure the SEIU crowd was sobbing hysterically.

Perhaps more so after Rasmussen reveals both Milton and Santorum are within 2 of GodZero.

Looks like nobody bought those unemployment figures, after all.

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

"With April's elections"

How many elections does Wisconsin have in a year? What a waste of money.

Simon said...

I'm given to understand that cafés often have musical entertainment--Phoebe at Central Perk, and so on. In that spirit (literally; I may be as bad a singer as Phoebe!) I have some musical entertainment to offer. This is a song by Johnny Coppin, a folk singer from my home county, and since I had a couple of long weekends in a row, I thought I'd take a shot at recording it. I'm not a singer, not by a long shot, but I think it turned out okay and I hope y'all will enjoy it over coffee and cake at the café.

Original Mike said...

I'd comment, but my robot is exhausted deciphering the word verifications.

Meade said...

You and we both know Republicans used mind control on that poor woman who'd "forgotten" her I.D.

That's right - Republican Jim Crow mind controllers - trying to disenfranchise her.

chickenlittle said...

Meade said...

the new voter I.D was nothing to crow about.

Did you hear that garage mahal?

Chuck66 said...

I really don't think an ID is neccesary, but also have not problem with the law.

It is interesting how the anti-ID people are trying to find rare examples of a situation where an ID does not work.

Chuck66 said...

Meade has a sense of humor that shows he "gets it".

Rusty said...

I voted three times already.

Lem said...

Election officials reported no problems enforcing the new law....

D'oh!

Lem said...

I was told that there was one woman who'd forgotten her I.D.,

Don't tell me.. they didn't allow her doctors note as a substitute.

SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!

MadisonMan said...

I liked that there was someone named Francis Xavier on the ballot.

roesch/voltaire said...

So after 49 years of not needing my id to vote, I produced one today because of the eleven potentially improper ballots out of 3 million that Van Hollen has found and which caused all this consternation and need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for student ids etc...

chickenlittle said...

R.V wrote: roesch/voltaire said...
So after 49 years of not needing my id to vote,...


Wow. You've been voting almost as long as Carol Herman.

Bless you for your service.

Original Mike said...

"So after 49 years of not needing my id to vote, I produced one today...

Hope it wasn't too traumatic for ya.

Rabel said...

There's a party going on down South. You can celebrate vicariously but you must have a large drink and a willingness to expose your breasts.
Copy and paste. May be a short ad to start.

http://www.earthcam.com/usa/louisiana/neworleans/bourbonstreet/

Rabel said...

Hope that works. maybe not.

Wally Kalbacken said...

Have not seen any tits yet. Is this some kind of scam?

TosaGuy said...

The candidate for Wauwatosa mayor who made his opposition to Act 10 part of his campaign got 16 percent of the vote tonight.

David said...

Wisconsin is an Objibwa word meaning "more elections than mosquitos."

William said...

I saw the PBS documentary about the Clinton Presidency. It's a good thing to belong to the party of journalists, historians, and PBS producers. Clinton's Presidency was presented as an inspiring story of his struggle, redemption and eventual triumph over the dark forces of American life as personified by Ken Starr, Timothy McVeigh, and Newt Gingrich.

Sorun said...
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Sorun said...

So after 49 years of not needing my id to vote, I produced one today...

Back in the day you didn't need a driver's license to drive either, and grumpy old men grumped about that once it was required.

james said...

My wife and I moved from Illinois to Wisconsin. A few years later a poll-worker friend of hers spotted a woman trying to vote with her name. Challenged, the woman fled. Since nobody was caught or convicted, this obviously never happened and cannot be evidence for the utility of voter ID.
Of course that was in Cook County, and we know that nothing like that can ever happen in Wisconsin.

Jane said...

Oh - wonderful news! I didn't know this.

We like to show our IDs in Virginia, too.

gail said...

Shearing sheep was an unexpected activity today, and I totally forgot about voting. So thank you Rusty, for casting a ballot for me with one of your extra votes.

I'd never heard of Old Wives' Day or Rose Monday in connection with Mardi Gras, but apparently the German parade is used for political satire too.

And I can't handle the wv blob, so in case the link doesn't work:
http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,816538,00.html

oh for the love of God, why is it after 4 tries wv doesn't give something easy to read?

Beta Rube said...

There will be a lot of racial grandstanding in Milwaukee during the April voting. Followed by the inevitable "I told you so."

Self-fulfilling.

Darrell said...

Is this going to stop all the Illinois students who attend college in Wisconsin from voting in Illinois first, then driving back to their campuses in Wisconsin to vote again? Or from voting multiple times in Wisconsin because the student election judges don't give a damn if you take another ballot as long as you do it one at a time? I've been hearing those stories for years, including the 10 votes each cast for Al Gore--stopping only because they all got bored.

Methadras said...

Busting leftard lies in the face.

Pianoman said...

And another Leftist trope goes swirling down the toilet.

"Help, help, I'm being repressed!"

Chip Ahoy said...

David Brock reminds me of a friend. They look alike and they're both fierce.

I noticed the photo of Brock appearing on a number of right wing nut sites. Sorry for saying nut but the same photo appears repeatedly and that's nutty. Or obsessed. It almost looks coordinated but I suspect it is not. I'm not even giving credit for coordination. Because I too could not resist the photo and I certainly am not coordinated. It was terrible the way the spirit of the despicable Marquis de Sade Tyre intruded upon my quiescence and delivered a politely phrased but nonetheless compelling and commanding instruction that left no room for refusal,

"Dramatique hamsterize la photo."

And I'm all, "What?"

And he goes, ''

"Vous savez ce qui est prévu."

And it's like the twirly hypnotize things on my eyeballs. So fine. Here's Brock dramatic hamsterized.

Rusty said...

So thank you Rusty, for casting a ballot for me with one of your extra votes.



Awdoanmentionit.

Don't Tread 2012 said...

"That's right - Republican Jim Crow mind controllers - trying to disenfranchise her."

Heh.

If you get the chance, see Allen West's remarks given in honor of black history month.

Phil 3:14 said...

Looks ands sounds like a fascist police state.

Brennan said...

Anyone get their check from the Kochs yet?

The law is now in place so that gravy train the left is always accussin should start trickling down any day now.

machine said...

Hooray!! WI repubs have made another attempt to weaken political enemies with legislation!!

Who needs a vibrant economy when they can just keeping reducing the number of votes political opponents can cast...What's next?

Rusty said...

machine said...
Hooray!! WI repubs have made another attempt to weaken political enemies with legislation!!

Who needs a vibrant economy when they can just keeping reducing the number of votes political opponents can cast...What's next?


You get a clue?

Seeing Red said...

Wow, you're almost 70 RV? Shouldn't you retire and let some young'un have your job and enjoy your golden years?

Seeing Red said...

James, did you ever read what happened to I think it was Ace of Spades when he tried to vote in Chicago?


In some precincts people who were R were removed from the rolls, they were all sent Downtown to rectify the situation. I think it was the 2004 election.

I ♥ Willard said...

I enjoyed showing my I.D. for the first time

o_O

Seeing Red said...

Back in the day I could deposit hubby's paycheck in my account. Since his siggy wasn't on file, I couldn't do that anymore until it was.

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Showing ID sounds like a fascist state? I thought lefties wanted us to be like the rest of the world because we're not special?

Doesn't Ozland require you to vote?

garage mahal said...

Mount Pleasant man refuses to vote after finding veteran’s ID no good at polls

Awesome law.

machine said...

All part of disenfranchising the 99%...

Rliyen said...

Welcome to the next level, Wisconsin. Better late than never.

Brennan said...

In some precincts people who were R were removed from the rolls, they were all sent Downtown to rectify the situation. I think it was the 2004 election.

I voted in a half dozen elections in Chicago. My voter status was challenged every time. I was registered as a Republican.

TosaGuy said...
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TosaGuy said...

Garage,

I can't use my Veterans ID Card to buy alcohol either....or for anything else other than checking into the VA and I use my drivers license for that since carrying one ID that is good for everything is much convenient.

Again, this veteran is just so choked up with gratitude about the sudden concern people like Garage have for us. It feels so genuine that it simply can't be any sort of partisan maneuvering. I am sure that Garage will back us veterans on every one of our issues from now on.

Simon said...

There's a very strong case for Congress to take a hard look at the VRA from the standpoint of real need: What challenges to voting exist today, rather than what challenges existed in the 1960s. The voting rights and voting fraud challenges today seem to have much more to do with Chicago and the Southwest than the old confederacy.

Reform it before the Supreme Court strikes it down.

Curious George said...

"garage mahal said...
Mount Pleasant man refuses to vote after finding veteran’s ID no good at polls

Awesome law." The key word here is "refuses". The guy had a valid drivers license. He decided to be an asshole to make a point. Point taken Gil Paar, you are indeed an asshole.

Original Mike said...

"The guy had a valid drivers license. He decided to be an asshole to make a point."

Nice guys you got on your side, garage.

TosaGuy said...

The GAB FAQ discusses "military" and "veterans" IDs.

A vets ID is a laminated card with a picture and a name. It has no SSN, B-day, signature, expiration date, anti-tampering elements or anything else that separates it from a Sams Club card.

TosaGuy said...

From the VA website about the Veterans ID Card (VIC):

"The only purpose of the card is for identification and check-in at VA appointments."

TomB said...

machine said:

"Who needs a vibrant economy when they can just keeping reducing the number of votes political opponents can cast...What's next?"

Yes, reduce the number of votes political opponents can cast to one each. OH THE HUMANITY!!!!!

Greg said...

Just look at the horror of voter disenfranchisement that went on in Indiana. Voter ID passed, and in the next presidential election...

What?

The Democrat won for the first time since 1964?

Never mind.

SGT Ted said...

A V.A. ID card is not valid, secure ID.

It is not a valid ID when it comes to citizenship.

It is also very easy to fake that card, but if you are not in the system the fake card won't work.

It is meant as ID to validate entitlement to V.A. services and is not meant to validate citizenship. I know some non-citizens soldiers who have V.A benefits but not citizenship.

That old asshole needs to dig out his drivers licence or his State ID card and to quit acting like a fucking shitbird smartass.

Garage needs to quit acting the Drama Queen over this issue.