Guest commentary Misplaced justice in search of vote fraud

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Regardless of what happens in court or with the "call back" from President Trump,the Wisconsin Elections Commission will follow Wisconsin law and grant a request to release limited information about our voters as they must under our open records law.

Information like name and address of voters as well and when and where they voted will be given to President Trump's commission if they pay for the records. But the secret ballot, party preference, social security number and date of birth is rightly protected by our laws. There is no other choice because our law on open records is clear.

HOWEVER, violating our voters' rights in search of fraud is a waste of time and a violation of privacy because the Republican claim of voter fraud has been proven false more than once. This national ploy will show nothing different.

Voters are not the ones committing fraud in elections. Politicians who pass laws rigging the maps so only they can win is the true voter fraud.

This fraud is so great a panel of three federal judges overturned it and demanded new maps be drawn. This fraud is so valid that the US Supreme Court now will hear how fraudulent our maps are, how dirty Wisconsin elections have become under this one party rule.

This should make no one proud. The voter fraud of rigged maps is what needs attention. Taking away the right to one person one vote, without political interference, is the crime.

VOTERS in this state work hard to access the ballot and that is not something that has been made easier with the elimination of special registration deputies and additional identification at every single election, not just when you register to vote.

But these barriers and intimidation will not break the Wisconsin voter spirit. We have fortitude, we have strength, we are stubborn and we won't let Republican voter intimidation take away our right to vote.

Coming off an election where the party I belong to did not perform well this optimism and faith in voters may seem misplaced. But the reality is I believe in the value of the right to vote. Even if people don't vote for me. The process of clean elections and the value of the right to vote is bigger than any politician, bigger than any party.

IF YOU would like additional information on voters' rights and the violation of those rights with the current one party rule in Wisconsin, contact my office at 608-266-6670 or

State Sen. Jon Erpenbach represents the 27th District in Madison.

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