It is with great disgust that I write this email. As the Chair of Committee on Labor, Elections and Urban Affairs, Spencer Coggs, Democrat, will not bring a Constitutional amendment to require photo I.D. to a vote on the Senate floor. Yet, Coggs is not the only one to blame. Senate Majority Leader, Russell Decker, should be urging Coggs to bring forth this amendment. EVERY Senate Democrat should be urging Coggs to bring this forth to vote.
The requirement for photo I.D. has been put before Governor Dolye three times, and three times he vetoed it. In order for it to come to fruition it needs to be a Constitutional amendment. For that to happen, it must pass both houses of the legislature twice, in two different sessions. Then it must be put to vote before every citizen of Wisconsin in a state-wide referendum.
This amendment passed both the Senate and Assembly in round one. It passed the Assembly in round two. But now Sen. Coggs refuses to bring it to a vote. This is because he knows that this Constitutional amendment will pass. Senate Democrats believe that they know better than the people they represent, and that is why they are not bringing voter I.D. to the Senate floor for a vote.
According to a Washington Post Editorial dated January 23, 2008, over 66% of people believe there should be voter I.D. at the polls. Why are Democrats so against voter I.D.? Their beliefs are that it will cause voter disenfranchisement, and the poor are not able to afford identification. Yet, democrats have not produced a single piece of evidence of this claim.
A fraudulent vote devalues every vote cast legally. Voter I.D. would cause cases of voter fraud to diminish, and everyone's vote would be valuable. Could this be why Democrats don't want voter I.D.? After the "smokes for votes" scandal in 2000 it shows that voter fraud does happen, and voter I.D. would help in curbing this problem.
As a citizen of Wisconsin who values our Constitutional right to vote, I urge you to contact each of these listed Senate Democrats to tell Sen. Coggs to bring the Constitutional amendment to the floor for a vote.
You may either e-mail them or call them.
The Democratic Sentators of Wisconsin are:
Spencer Coggs, Milwaukee
Russell Decker, Weston
Roger Breske, Eland
Jon Erpenbach, Middleton
Dave Hansen, Green Bay
Robert Jauch, Poplar
Pat Kreitlow, Chippewa Falls
Julie Lassa, Stevens Point
Mark Miller, Monona
Jeffrey Plale, South Milwaukee
Fred Risser, Madison
Judy Robson, Beloit
Jim Sullivan, Wauwatosa
Lena Taylor, Milwaukee
Kathleen Vinehout, Alma
Robert Wirch, Kenosha
Thank you for assisting me in getting our Senators to act on our behalf, not their special interest groups. With this amendment in place, every vote cast would be legitimate. This amendment would remove the dark shadow over Wisconsin elections known as voter fraud.
Call them all, write them all. This is important.
IMO, the Democrats do not have the courage to put this on the ballot in November. Perhaps some encouragement from you will push them in the right direction.