Email date: 12/3/07
In this update:
1. Ohio State study warns of problems with voter registration system
2. Excuse making starts as special session on reform approaches
A new study by Ohio State University researchers on how well elections are being run in five Midwestern states highlights some strengths in Wisconsin’s system of election administration but also points out some areas of real concern. Foremost among the failings Wisconsin needs to worry about is the ill-fated computerized statewide voter registration system being developed for the state by Accenture.
The Ohio State study comes on the heels of a state audit that also was sharply critical of the voter registration project. The audit and one of the very predictable reactions to it were the subject of the Big Money Blog posted last Friday.
The start of the special legislative session on campaign finance reform is still more than a week away, and already the public comments of legislative leaders are revealing that they are less than anxious to sink their teeth into the task of cleaning up Wisconsin’s election campaigns. The single most common excuse for inaction on campaign finance reform is the subject of our latest blog.
The special session will begin on December 11, but we have a feeling this is going to be a long fight. There’s no time like the present to start the battle. Please take a few minutes to contact your legislators to urge them to aim high and think big. Legislators need to hear that the public is tired of their act and tired of how special interests own our state government. To take action, go here.
You’ll need to be prepared to respond to the common refrain from the politicians that public financing amounts to socialized campaigning and welfare for politicians, and that taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay for elections. Today’s blog can hopefully provide good ammunition you can use to fire back when this excuse is offered.