State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
Municipal election clerks from around
“The following changes increased the potential for or impaired the investigation of election fraud:
- Populating the official statewide voter registration list with persons who are not registered to vote;
- Not requiring signatures to confirm voter registration, whereas signatures are required for all registrations under current law;
- Enabling citizens to obtain and submit an absentee ballot in-person, without needing to certify with a signature or have ballot witnessed, unlike current law.”
In a letter to state legislative leaders asking that the legislation be rejected, Van Hollen writes, “The changes proposed in this bill neither enhance the right to vote nor protect against fraud. Instead, they make election fraud more likely, chill the lawful exercise of speech that is at the core of the First Amendment, and jeopardize the orderly administration of election laws."
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Diane Hermann-Brown, clerk for the city of
“Clerks need time to protect the voter’s rights,” said Hermann-Brown. “We are only human and can do so much for so little for so long. When and how are we going to be able to process these additional absentee ballots?”
Hermann-Brown expressed concern about waiting lines at the polls that will only get longer and potentially dissuade voters. Hermann-Brown also worries about the potential of Saturday mail delivery being eliminated that would affect the absentee ballot process.
Diana Dykstra, clerk for the city of
“Register at DMV (Division of Motor Vehicles)? Are you kidding? The DMV is already the busiest and most under-staffed location,” said Dykstra. “The DMV does not have a GIS system to verify addresses.”
Dykstra has another concern. “On-line registration is not safe. With identity theft on the rise, you are not 100 percent sure your information is secure.”
Dykstra believes the increased cost of the proposed election law changes will be passed on to taxpayers. She questioned why the legislation is being rushed.
The proposed election changes are contained in Senate Bill 640 and Assembly Bill 895. My Republican colleagues and I have grave concerns that this last minute power grab in the final days of the legislative session will open the door to increased voter fraud.