A Wisconsin city clerk has been caught refusing to set up an early polling place at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus because students “lean towards more Democrat.” In an August 26th email, clerk Kris Teske – appointed by Gov. Scott Walker ally Mayor Jim Schmitt – told state Rep. Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay) that she had concerns about setting up an early polling location on the Green Bay campus because of its partisan leanings and potential cost.
“I don’t like the idea at all for many reasons: Staffing, ballot security, budget, etc…UWGB is a polling location for students and residents on Election Day but I feel by asking for this to be the site for early voting is encouraging the students to vote more than benefiting the city as a whole. I have heard it said that students lean more toward the democrats and he (Genrich) is a democrat … Do I have an argument about it being more of a benefit to the democrats? I have spoken with our Chief of Staff and others at City Hall and they agree that budget wise this isn’t going to happen.”
The campus was a site of voter controversy during the primary, when student voters were outraged over long lines that made voters wait hours to cast their ballots and all-around and “chaotic” organization, complicated by the stringent voter ID laws passed by Republican Governor Scott Walker.
Mayor Schmitt himself was charged in September with three counts of violating campaign finance laws.
“Whether or not more students voting benefits Democrats is beside the point and that shouldn’t be the position of a nonpartisan city clerk. I don’t know what Kris’s politics are, but it’s really unfortunate to see her echoing the sentiments of Republicans in Wisconsin, who have been making it really difficult for citizens to vote in this state” said Rep. Genrich to the Nation.
This is just one isolated incident that makes up a larger plot by Republicans to repress the votes of American college students and to try to unfairly tip the scales in favor of their racist rabble-rousing candidate.
This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.