It’s barely October and Wisconsin Republicans are already up to their old tricks, it seems. On Sunday, October 7, a Waukesha County resident received a robocall from Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch (R) encouraging her to attend “an important election day training” in Waukesha on Tuesday, implying that voter fraud could be a big issue in the upcoming election. The recipient found the language of the robocall disconcerting, as it was suggestive of what could be voter intimidation.
Here’s the transcript of the robocall in its entirety:
“Hi. This is Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch calling on behalf of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.
We wanted to let you know that important election day observer training will be held Tuesday, October 9th at 7:30 pm at the Waukesha Victory Center. That’s located at 1701 Pearl Street in Waukesha.
As an election observer you’re the eyes and ears on the ground in protecting Wisconsin’s elections against voter fraud and guaranteeing everyone’s vote is given equal weight.
If you are interested in signing up to volunteer, please call us at 608-535-9864 and leave your name and number to sign up for the election day observer training.
Thank you. This call was paid for by the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Bob Geason, Treasurer; not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.”
But the reality is that everyone’s vote IS given equal weight in Wisconsin, and that voter fraud is really not much of an issue. According to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, “Board staff conducted a survey of the counties’ prosecuting attorney offices four months after the 2008 General and Presidential Election. The survey results revealed that a total of six criminal complaints had been filed alleging voter fraud.”
Six criminal complaints. S-i-x. And most of those were felons who thought they could finally vote, I’m told.
So Kleefisch’s robocall appears to be nothing more than a way for the GOP to fire up their Tea Party base. By suggesting “cheating,” they are artificially creating a problem when, in reality, there is no problem.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.