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Sun Apr 5, 2020, 06:45 PM

Wisconsin Republicans are exploiting the pandemic to grab power. It's a dangerous precedent.

Wisconsin Republicans have spent a decade eroding democracy in their state, entrenching their power against shifts in the popular will. With the help of former governor Scott Walker (R), GOP state lawmakers rammed through one of the most extreme gerrymanders the country has ever seen, assuring them a lock on the legislature. They imposed stringent voter ID laws intended to suppress Democratic votes. And when Tony Evers (D) won the governorship in 2018, the legislature voted to strip him of the power to, among other things, alter government benefit programs, before he could take the oath of office. Conservative judges largely blessed these power grabs.

Now Wisconsin Republicans are testing whether taking a hard line on voting rules during the coronavirus crisis might give them an even more pronounced — and even less legitimate — electoral advantage. The state is set to hold its primary on Tuesday, and Republicans have filed an emergency petition with the Supreme Court, asking the justices to shorten the deadline voters have to submit their absentee ballots. This is just one example of Wisconsin Republicans insisting on rules that make it difficult to vote during this public health emergency, using the crisis as cover to limit democratic participation.

If they successfully benefit from exploiting covid-19 this week, they will show Republicans everywhere that they can use the coronavirus for political gain. The credibility of November’s presidential vote is at stake.

Unlike other states that have moved their presidential primaries, Wisconsin has stuck to its April 7 Election Day. The election will decide not just who gets the state’s primary delegates but also the final makeup of the state Supreme Court and a variety of local offices. Among those on the ballot is an extremely conservative Supreme Court justice up for reelection.

This is the context in which the state GOP has rejected pleas to make it easier for those who do not want to show up to a crowded polling location to vote.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/05/wisconsin-republicans-are-exploiting-pandemic-grab-power-its-dangerous-precedent/

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Reply Wisconsin Republicans are exploiting the pandemic to grab power. It's a dangerous precedent. (Original post)
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Sun Apr 5, 2020, 07:10 PM

1. Proving there is no limit to the lowness of their low road

n/t

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Sun Apr 5, 2020, 07:34 PM

2. They are trying it

everywhere that they have any power. They need to be gone.

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Sun Apr 5, 2020, 09:08 PM

3. well, the question that occurs to me...

is can they be stopped...and how...

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