Wisconsin Governor Vetoes Voter Suppression Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gov. Tony Evers (D) vetoed bills on Tuesday that would have limited absentee voting options in Wisconsin. The legislation, which was sent to his desk by the Republican-controlled Legislature, would require all absentee voters to provide photo ID when voting. It would also impose new ID requirements for “indefinitely confined” voters and voters who cannot get to the polls themselves. These provisions were condemned by Democrats, voting rights advocates and disability rights advocates and even failed to get full party-line support from Republicans in the Legislature. 

Republicans in the state have been attempting to seize election equipment from key Wisconsin counties. The Assembly elections committee, led by Rep. Brandtjen (R), is pursuing an investigation into the 2020 election, which has been certified, recounted and repeatedly proven to be valid. Election clerks in two counties have been served with subpoenas to turn over records to the committee, which Evers said they should not comply with. “Hell no,” Evers said. “You’ve seen what’s going on in Arizona. It’s a clown show.”

Watch Evers veto the bills here.