The Wisconsin Attorney General, Brad Schimel, just admitted that the only reason Donald Trump won the state of Wisconsin in the 2016 presidential election was the state’s strict voter ID laws that went into effect that very year. While more information is coming out every day showing how much Trump’s campaign team cheated – using stolen DNC emails, working with Cambridge Analytica, and suppressing voter turnout – it’s important to remember that Trump won the states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan by a total of 77,744 votes. Now the Wisconsin AG is bragging about how Trump was able to steal that state.
“We battled to get voter ID on the ballot for the November ’16 election,” Schimel said on a conservative radio program last week. The law changed previous regulations and required specific forms of government issued photo identification in order for one to be eligible to vote. In 2014, a federal court determined that nine percent of registered voters in Wisconsin did not possess such identifications. It then became the Republicans’ top goal to prevent legitimate citizens from being able to cast a vote in the 2016 election. A University of Wisconsin study published last year, which claimed that one in ten registered voters in Milwaukee County and Madison’s Dane County that did not cast a vote in the election, cited this new law as the reason.
The study showed that 23,000 voters in two counties that tend to strongly vote Democrat were unable to cast a ballot because of this new law created to suppress the vote. Trump won the state by 22,177 total votes. It’s estimated that as many as 45,000 voters statewide were prevented from voting, thus stealing the state for Trump.
It is this type of cheating that Republicans have relied on – voter suppression and gerrymandering – to win state and local elections, and now a presidential election. The only thing that is going to change this, and prevent more Republicans stealing elections, is to ensure we all vote in every election going forward. Luckily, all data is pointing towards a big blue wave in 2018.
I’m a ceramic engineer living in Central New York, avid sports fan but find myself more interested in politics lately.