After last week’s election, two things were clear – The GOP’s extreme Voter ID law played out exactly as it was designed to and the lack of a public information campaign about the law drove people from the polls. Students were especially hard hit, with several campuses experiencing hours-long lines.
The Voter ID law was compounded by Congressman Glenn Grothman bluntly stating that the real purpose of Voter ID laws is to help power-hungry Republicans remain on top. Additionally, former GOP staffer Todd Allbaugh disclosed that at a closed-door meeting of Republican legislators considering the Voter ID bill, “giddy” GOP lawmakers acknowledged the ID bill would most negatively affect the ability of students and minorities to vote.
Here are some things you can do in the aftermath of the election:
- Share your voting day story
The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin has put together an important survey where you can share your voting day experience. I encourage all of you to fill it out so we can have a more comprehensive look at Election Day.
To take the survey, click here.
- Attend the Government Accountability Board meeting
One of the biggest disappointments is that despite passing one of the most extreme Voter ID bills in the country, Governor Walker and the Republican-led legislature have neglected to fund the public informational campaign that is specifically identified in the legislation and was supposed to precede its implementation.
Join me at the next GAB meeting to tell the board about your voting experience and demand that they request the funds from the legislature to run a public informational campaign on the Voter ID law. The public comment period will take place at the beginning of the meeting.
April 26th, 2016
9:00am – 5:00pm
State Capitol, Room 412 East
The failure to conduct this vital campaign led me to introduce AB 987, which allocated $500,000 to the GAB. This is a small price to pay to make sure our citizens are informed and actually get to exercise their most fundamental right to vote. Unfortunately, my Republican colleagues refused to act.
For more information on AB 987, click here.
- Read my column: Domination through Suppression
After seeing the Voter ID law play out in its first major test, and after hearing Wisconsin Congressman Glenn Grothman’s comments about the real purpose of the law, I was compelled to write a column.
To read my column, click here.
Safe at Home Bill Signed into Law
On Monday, Governor Walker signed a critically important piece of bipartisan legislation that I was a sponsor of, known as the “Safe at Home” bill. This bill requires the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) to administer an address confidentiality program for victims of domestic abuse, stalking and human trafficking. Under the Safe at Home program, participants are given a substitute address through the DOJ to use for mailing, public records and a service of process, assisting victims in protecting their location and their safety.
To read my press release on the bill signing, click here.
For more information on the Safe at Home bill, click here.
Tony Robinson Film Screening
LakeFrontRow Cinema will be screening a film called “19, The Shooting of Tony Robinson: A Case of Deadly Bias” on Wednesday, May 25th at 6:30pm at the Madison Public Library. I hope you’ll join me to view the film and engage in a community discussion.
To read my column about the first anniversary of Tony’s death, click here.
First United Methodist Church Food Pantry
I had the opportunity to volunteer this week at the First United Methodist Church’s food pantry, and was able to see firsthand what great work they’re doing for our community. Here is more information about the food pantry:
First United Methodist Church
203 Wisconsin Ave.
Madison, WI 53703
They operate Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00am to 12:00pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Additionally, they also operate a shelter for parents and children. The shelter is open evenings Sunday to Thursday from now until October 30th.
Rule of 50
As we get closer to election season, I want to remind you of a longstanding legislative rule that ensures legislators don’t use taxpayer resources to campaign for public office. As of April 15th, which is the first day we can circulate nomination papers for re-election, legislators are prohibited from distributing state materials in quantities of 50 or more, including legislative emails. I will therefore be suspending this email newsletter as of April 15th until after the November elections. Please feel free, however, to connect with me on Facebook or Twitter.
It’s been a pleasure representing you session. I am indeed honored. Although the formal session has come to a close, please do not hesitate to contact my office via phone at (608) 266-5342 or via email at email@example.com with any questions, comments or concerns you may have on any state legislative issue. Have a wonderful summer!
Rep. Chris Taylor
76th Assembly District