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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Democrats Want Court to Sign Off on Ignoring the Law

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin wants in on J.B. Van Hollen’s lawsuit against the state agency that's supposed to be verifying mailed-in voter registration forms, but isn't.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Democratic Party wants to get in on Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's lawsuit demanding state election officials confirm the identity of thousands of voters before Election Day.

The party filed a motion in Dane County Circuit Court Tuesday asking Judge Maryann Sumi to allow it to join the lawsuit. The party's attorney, Robert Friebert, argues such checks could leave a significant number of Democratic voters ineligible and prevent the party from achieving its goals.
Huh. Why would that be? Do more Democrats than Republicans register through the mail? How do they know, and why would that be?

Also: a bad registration form doesn’t invalidate anybody’s vote: it simply means the voter has to confirm his or her identity before the vote can be counted. If you can legally vote in Wisconsin, a bad registration form won't stop you.

And that means that if the checks "leave a significant number of Democratic voters ineligible," they weren't eligible to vote in the first place.

Finally, the Dem lawyer worries that this will “prevent the party from achieving its goals.” Well, yeah, if they’re relying on fraudulent voter registrations to achieve those goals, it will.