Today’s post comes from guest author Charlie Domer from The Domer Law Firm.
I’ve noticed a number of billboards in my city that have gone up in recent weeks (please see the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story here: http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/community-groups-object-to-voter-fraud-billboards-5077qis-174260461.html). These billboards state that “voter fraud is a felony,” and they appear to be “strategically” placed in certain neighborhoods. My level of outrage and frustration increases with every single viewing of these misleading and outrageous billboards.
First, I can’t believe that the person/family/corporation responsible for the billboards can’t own up to identifying who they are. The ads are simply sponsored by a “private family foundation”—a great way to hide the true identity. Also, the message is truly insidious, as the allegations of voter “fraud” are just a red herring. The reality and intent of these billboards is for one purpose: voter suppression. The goal is to create some unfounded fear to keep certain individuals from voting in the upcoming election.
One of the main tenets of a vibrant and representative democracy is the right to vote. I am truly disheartened by the fact that certain people or political parties feel that their only route to winning an election is to suppress the vote.