The new Voter ID Law takes another Victim in Wisconsin

The new Voter ID laws solicited by Conservatives aren’t balancing out well for some. One such individual, Ruthelle Frank, is also a leading member of her community and now she cannot vote for the first time in her 48 year history of voting.

Supposedly this law was enacted to prevent fraudulent voting, however, it’s disenfranchising those legally allowed to vote, who are typically elderly, poor and or minorities.

Ms. Frank, born on Aug. 21, 1927 in her home, was visited by a doctor during her mother’s complicated delivery. The delivery resulted in Frank being paralyzed on the left side of her body.

Wausau Daily Herald reports:

Her mother recorded her birth in the family Bible. Frank still has it. A few months later, when Ruthelle was baptized, her mother got a notarized certificate of baptism. She still has that document, too.

The one document she’s never had, or needed was a birth certificate and without it she cannot get a state ID card which is necessary to vote according to Wisconsin’s Voter ID law. Ms. Frank has actively voted since 1948.

“It’s really crazy,” she said this week, sitting at her kitchen table with evidence of her identity spread out before her — the baptism certificate, a Social Security card, a Medicare statement, a checkbook. “I’ve got all this proof. You mean to tell me that I’m not a U.S. citizen? That I don’t live at 123 First St. in Brokaw?

The state Register of Deeds in Madison has a record of her birth which it can generate a birth certificate for her but at a cost to her. That cost is $20 and Ms. Frank states, “I look at that like paying a fee to vote.”

To further complicate matters, the attending physician at her birth misspelled her maiden name, which was Wedepohl. This means it will be necessary for Frank to petition a court in order to have the document amended, resulting in costs amounting $200 or more.

This is not an isolated case:

A 2005 study by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Employment and Training Institute found an estimated 177,399 Wisconsin residents 65 and older do not have a driver’s license or state photo ID — 23 percent of that population. The study estimated that another 98,247 residents ages 35 through 64 lack IDs. Disparities were especially pronounced among racial minorities.

Sen. Jim Holperin, D-Conover (I like the name of that county), has circulated a bill which would waive the state’s birth certificate fees for people who are trying to vote. Only one cosponsor out of the 11 is a Republican.

“I feel for other people out there” who don’t have IDs, she said. “I think they just won’t vote.” And that’s what the other Republicans spreading this bill across America are counting on. Unless, we are to believe that in order to prevent someone from possibly voting fraudulently, they must ostracize other groups in the voting ranks.

This is but another reason to recall Governor Walker. Democrats are fighting, trying to keep our voting rights intact by pushing back on these new laws which disenfranchise voters.

You can check it out at this new site: Protecting the VoteĀ 

Image from: WausauDailyHerald.com

  • http://mollysmiddleamerica.blogspot.com/ Middle Molly

    These Republicans get scummier by the day. This is appalling. Actually, I cannot even think of enough derogatory adjectives to describe these people accurately.

  • Sally

    I hope she’s a Republican. These idiots do realize that they are disenfranchising their own party as well as the evil liberals, don’t they?

  • Sally

    I hope she’s a Republican. These idiots do realize that they are disenfranchising their own party as well as the evil liberals, don’t they?

  • Anonymous

    This is outrageous. Its antiAmerican. Its freaking treasonous. Recall Walker and all of his Koch cronies!

    • Anonymous

      It should have already been law that you need to have an ID on you to vote. Twenty dollars to REPLACE a document issued at birth seems more than fair. Having to have a Birth certificate to get a state idea seems pretty reasonable. Again she’s not paying $20 to vote, She’s paying $20 for a replacement document. I don’t see what the problem is.

      The fact of the matter is that Democrats have fought against needing ID to vote for a while, because they don’t want all of the people voting two and three times for them to stop. That’s anti-American because that threatens democracy. The only way to enforce some people not getting more votes than others is to require IDs if one of the consequences of this is that one person needs to actually go through the proper legal channels o get an ID, so be it.

      • Anonymous

        READ the story again. You have missed the point. You GOPers are over reaching, and we will take you down for it. This woman deserves to be able to vote without jumping through all of these hoops.

        • Anonymous

          True, but we’re talking about this one person who is a cassualty in creating a fairer voting system. One that Akorn can’t mess with.

          • Anonymous

            You’re really worried about an organization that no longer exists. Try getting your news from sites other than those that are just FAR right and you might read something truthful for a change.

          • Anonymous

            They may not exist, but they’ve laid the groiund work and shown people how to get away with this.

      • novenator

        Voter ID laws are by *definition* a voter suppression technique. The only way they would not be if they were available same day and free of charge without proof of current address (since homeless folks, students who move a lot, many minorities, and old folks who are in retirement homes could not meet that requirement).

        • Anonymous

          Well, in my opinion you should have to prove you are who you say you are to vote. I think the law is a good idea. If the process of getting an ID is a problem, then that’s a problem that needs to be looked at, not the law because there is nothing wrong with telling someone to prove who they are.

        • Anonymous
          • novenator

            ROFL. Nice list of “citations” there. The only non-batshit crazy website there is the wsj (and that is pretty corporate right, so they have an agenda to start off with), AND it’s an opinion piece with no evidence inside.

            I asked for EVIDENCE of voter fraud, not the first wingnut BS that pops up with a basic google search.

            Try again.

          • Anonymous

            STFU. Everything on the Rotten Acorn page is true.

          • novenator

            BS

          • Anonymous

            did you read it and fact check info?

          • novenator

            It is not my responsibility to debunk your spin, it is your responsibility to provide non-biased and factually accurate data proving your original assertion.

        • Anonymous

          Voter fraud by these people is rampant. The Supreme court actaully ordered Ohio to come up with a way to ensure voters who were they said they were in the state, because to how much Acorn has manipulated vote counts for the Dems.

  • maggy

    This is outrageous. Its antiAmerican. Its freaking treasonous. Recall Walker and all of his Koch cronies!

    • AJ_Olding

      It should have already been law that you need to have an ID on you to vote. Twenty dollars to REPLACE a document issued at birth seems more than fair. Having to have a Birth certificate to get a state idea seems pretty reasonable. Again she’s not paying $20 to vote, She’s paying $20 for a replacement document. I don’t see what the problem is.

      The fact of the matter is that Democrats have fought against needing ID to vote for a while, because they don’t want all of the people voting two and three times for them to stop. That’s anti-American because that threatens democracy. The only way to enforce some people not getting more votes than others is to require IDs if one of the consequences of this is that one person needs to actually go through the proper legal channels o get an ID, so be it.

      • maggy

        READ the story again. You have missed the point. You GOPers are over reaching, and we will take you down for it. This woman deserves to be able to vote without jumping through all of these hoops.

        • AJ_Olding

          True, but we’re talking about this one person who is a cassualty in creating a fairer voting system. One that Akorn can’t mess with.

          • AKRNC

            You’re really worried about an organization that no longer exists. Try getting your news from sites other than those that are just FAR right and you might read something truthful for a change.

          • AJ_Olding

            They may not exist, but they’ve laid the groiund work and shown people how to get away with this.

      • http://gplus.to/novenator novenator

        Voter ID laws are by *definition* a voter suppression technique. The only way they would not be if they were available same day and free of charge without proof of current address (since homeless folks, students who move a lot, many minorities, and old folks who are in retirement homes could not meet that requirement).

        • AJ_Olding

          Well, in my opinion you should have to prove you are who you say you are to vote. I think the law is a good idea. If the process of getting an ID is a problem, then that’s a problem that needs to be looked at, not the law because there is nothing wrong with telling someone to prove who they are.

        • AJ_Olding
          • http://gplus.to/novenator novenator

            ROFL. Nice list of “citations” there. The only non-batshit crazy website there is the wsj (and that is pretty corporate right, so they have an agenda to start off with), AND it’s an opinion piece with no evidence inside.

            I asked for EVIDENCE of voter fraud, not the first wingnut BS that pops up with a basic google search.

            Try again.

          • AJ_Olding

            STFU. Everything on the Rotten Acorn page is true.

          • http://gplus.to/novenator novenator

            BS

          • AJ_Olding

            did you read it and fact check info?

          • http://gplus.to/novenator novenator

            It is not my responsibility to debunk your spin, it is your responsibility to provide non-biased and factually accurate data proving your original assertion.

        • AJ_Olding

          Voter fraud by these people is rampant. The Supreme court actaully ordered Ohio to come up with a way to ensure voters who were they said they were in the state, because to how much Acorn has manipulated vote counts for the Dems.

  • Anonymous

    Sucks for her. It doesn’t take away from the fact that it should have been law a long time ago that you need an ID to vote. And if the courts are charging here $200 dollars to get all of this worked out, then I don’t see how the problem falls on party lines. This is just an example of another unforseeable sob story the liberals use to claim they have the moral highground. You’re just trying to get a fair law taken away, because it’s detrimental to one person, while it ensures that everyone else doesn’t get multiple votes. This is a victory over corrupt individuals and you guys are highlighting the brown lining. Hell, Have her send me her address, I’ll give her $100 dollars if she promises to find another $100 somewhere else, so she can get an ID.

  • AJ_Olding

    Sucks for her. It doesn’t take away from the fact that it should have been law a long time ago that you need an ID to vote. And if the courts are charging here $200 dollars to get all of this worked out, then I don’t see how the problem falls on party lines. This is just an example of another unforseeable sob story the liberals use to claim they have the moral highground. You’re just trying to get a fair law taken away, because it’s detrimental to one person, while it ensures that everyone else doesn’t get multiple votes. This is a victory over corrupt individuals and you guys are highlighting the brown lining. Hell, Have her send me her address, I’ll give her $100 dollars if she promises to find another $100 somewhere else, so she can get an ID.

  • http://xn--d1anlndd4d.com pult du

    Yeah, i’m looking at her picture right now, and all i can see is an obvious deviant. Probably a Marxist plant. You can’t be to careful.

  • http://xn--d1anlndd4d.com pult du

    Yeah, i’m looking at her picture right now, and all i can see is an obvious deviant. Probably a Marxist plant. You can’t be to careful.

  • Anonymous

    Here are just a few things I found on this alleged rampant voter fraud. It’s not the problem that the GOP would want its constituents to believe it is. They were recently trying to change the voting in PA to where each district’s votes would be allotted a certain number of electoral votes because they believed that they wouldn’t win the state but the new formula would actually put more votes in their pocket due to the higher number of districts that normally vote GOP. They have since changed their mind due to the fact that they now believe they’ll win the state and their original proposal would end up costing them electoral votes. This wasn’t a hidden agenda on their part. They talked about it openly. Their arrogance is overwhelming.

    In NH, they are trying to do away with students voting because most college students tend to vote Democratic. No bias there, either, hmm?

    http://www.brennancenter.org/content/resource/policy_brief_on_the_truth_about_voter_fraud/

    http://www.nmpolitics.net/index/2011/12/proponents-haven%E2%80%99t-shown-how-voter-id-would-prevent-fraud/

    http://bangordailynews.com/2011/09/21/politics/secretary-of-state-finds-no-student-voter-fraud-but-maintains-system-is-vulnerable/

  • AKRNC

    Here are just a few things I found on this alleged rampant voter fraud. It’s not the problem that the GOP would want its constituents to believe it is. They were recently trying to change the voting in PA to where each district’s votes would be allotted a certain number of electoral votes because they believed that they wouldn’t win the state but the new formula would actually put more votes in their pocket due to the higher number of districts that normally vote GOP. They have since changed their mind due to the fact that they now believe they’ll win the state and their original proposal would end up costing them electoral votes. This wasn’t a hidden agenda on their part. They talked about it openly. Their arrogance is overwhelming.

    In NH, they are trying to do away with students voting because most college students tend to vote Democratic. No bias there, either, hmm?

    http://www.brennancenter.org/content/resource/policy_brief_on_the_truth_about_voter_fraud/

    http://www.nmpolitics.net/index/2011/12/proponents-haven%E2%80%99t-shown-how-voter-id-would-prevent-fraud/

    http://bangordailynews.com/2011/09/21/politics/secretary-of-state-finds-no-student-voter-fraud-but-maintains-system-is-vulnerable/

  • James O’Brien

    How does anyone know the doctor misspelled her maiden name at birth, if she doesn’t have a birth certificate? How did she get a social security card without a birth certificate? How do you go through life not assuming personal responsibilities, and then complain when someone expects you to do so?

    • http://freakoutnation.com/ Anomaly

      You are implying claiming that she doesn’t know her own family name. Only hers was misspelled unless she was hatched and never actually born.

  • James O’Brien

    How does anyone know the doctor misspelled her maiden name at birth, if she doesn’t have a birth certificate? How did she get a social security card without a birth certificate? How do you go through life not assuming personal responsibilities, and then complain when someone expects you to do so?

  • http://mollysmiddleamerica.blogspot.com/ Middle Molly

    These Republicans get scummier by the day. This is appalling. Actually, I cannot even think of enough derogatory adjectives to describe these people accurately.