With Wisconsin’s voter ID law on hold, Republicans in the state have revealed their backup plan: volunteer fraud police.
Milwaukee County’s Republican Elections Commissioner Rick Baas warned a crowd of volunteers and supporters Friday night to be “concerned about voter fraud,” and urged the hundreds of attendees to take an “extra step of vigilance.” “You as a Wisconsin resident can challenge people who are not supposed to be voting,” he said at the Milwaukee County Republicans event. “You’ve got to do that.”
There is virtually no chance that a Republican voter in Milwaukee, or anywhere else in the state, will encounter a case of fraud. There is a slim to none chance that a Republican voter in any state in the country will encounter a legitimate case of fraud on election day or on the next five election days.
I’d call it negligent at best for an elections commissioner to fill people’s heads with the idea that they could personally put a stop to fraud or that fraud is a widespread problem.
“People who are not supposed to be voting” could be interpreted in terrible ways on an individual basis, to say the least. Given that voter ID laws across the country have been challenged on the grounds that they’re discriminatory, those people could be the people who are “not suppose to be voting.”