Oh dear. Another Republican has apparently fallen in to the trap whereby he (mind bogglingly stupid) admits that voter id is about helping Romney win, and not, you know, about actual voter fraud (which doesn’t really exist in in-person voting).
This time (last time it was Pennsylvania House Majority Leader, Republican dope, Mike Turzai) it’s Wisconsin state senator, Glenn Grothman, and I’m sure I need not state that he is a…what else, a Republican piece of horseshit, another one of those who are determined to disenfranchise voters in order to win an election. From his interview with Think Progress (Keyes):
KEYES: If it were upheld and in place in time for the November election, do you think — polls have shown a pretty razor-thin margin — do you think it might ultimately help Romney’s campaign here in the state?
GROTHMAN: Yes. Right. I think we believe that insofar as there are inappropriate things, people who vote inappropriately are more likely to vote Democrat.
KEYES: So if these protections are in place of voter ID, that might ultimately help him in a close race?
GROTHMAN: Right. I think if people cheat, we believe the people who cheat are more likely to vote against us.
While the Wisconsin law has been by permanently blocked by Circuit Judge David Flanagan, the ruling is likely to be appealed, and if it is in fact reinstated, the law may very well allow a Romney win unfairly (and by absolute intention of the Republicans), disenfranchising at least 300,000 people in Wisconsin:
Wisconsin is perennially a swing state in presidential elections. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) carried Wisconsin by just 0.4 percent in 2004; polls this year suggest it could be another nailbiter. PPP gives President Obama a 6-point edge, 50-44, but Rasmussen put Romney ahead by 3 points, 47-44.
Approximately 300,000 Wisconsinites lack a government-issued photo ID, more than 27 times the margin that Kerry won by in 2004. If the polls are still close in November and voter ID is reinstated, Grothman may very well be correct that the new law will give Romney an edge on Election Day. [….]
[….] A spokeswoman for Wisconsin’s Department of Justice, which defended the law in court, said state lawyers are currently reviewing Flanagan’s decision but will likely appeal the ruling.