A Wisconsin Congressman wants Attorney General Brad Schimel to investigate claims of intentional voter suppression.
“The recent comments by Wisconsin Republican officials clearly acknowledge what many Wisconsinites already know: the voter ID law was intentionally designed to prevent certain groups from participating in the democratic process,” La Crosse Democrat Ron Kind stated in a press release.
While Kind demurred when asked if he was referring to comments made by a colleague on the Wisconsin delegation, Congressman Glenn Grothman, he noted that the West Bend Republican’s comments had been well reported.
Grothman, speaking with a reporter on the night of Wisconsin’s presidential primary, stated his belief that voter ID could help swing the state to the GOP presidential nominee in November.
“When you have prominent Republican leaders in Wisconsin admitting that the sole purpose of passing the voter ID legislation was to suppress votes, rather than for non-existent voter fraud, that’s a serious issue that needs to be investigated,” Kind said.
Johnny Koremenos, Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, declined a request for comment on Kind’s request.
In a letter to Schimel, Kind also referred to an article in which Todd Albaugh, a former Republican state Senate staffer, described support for voter ID voiced by several GOP senators because they felt it had the potential to suppress minority voting.