A marvel of malpractice

This past week, Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board (GAB) announced the settlement of a lawsuit filed by the Romney campaign. The lawsuit aimed to protect the rights of voters serving in the U.S. military, who were facing disenfranchisement by municipal officials who failed to meet legal deadlines in sending out absentee ballots.

Roll that one around in your mind for a minute: Local government officials slow-walk absentee ballot requests from the people who physically defend our right to vote, and the state agency responsible for administering elections has to be sued before it will do its job of guaranteeing that right in accordance with state and federal law.

It’s true that only a handful of voters were involved, but what’s important isn’t the small number. What’s important is that the GAB wasn’t going to do anything to make sure those people were able to vote until a political campaign organization sued.

The inevitable sports analogy would be that of players complaining because the referees refuse to call penalties. That is how absurd the GAB has become. Its executive director Kevin Kennedy appeared on Sunday morning TV acknowledging without embarrassment that volunteers observing same-day voter registrations Tuesday will be required to stay so far away from election workers that they’ll be unable to clearly see documents presented to verify residency.

We’ve often contended the GAB was wrongly named but we’ll reconsider, if the acronym is understood to mean “Getting it A** Backwards.


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The Club for Growth is a national network of over 40,000 men and women, from all walks of life, who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom. Wisconsin Club for Growth, Inc. is dedicated to informing, educating and rallying citizens of Wisconsin to embrace and enact policies that lead to sustained economic growth, limited government, and minimal taxation. Wisconsin Club for Growth can and will have an enormous impact on the direction of our state. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes that effective lobbying is done at all stages of the budget cycle, including when our leaders make public promises and can be encouraged to support policies that spur economic growth. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes we must support pro-growth policies and encourage public officials with backbones to remain truly committed to making our economy and our state stronger. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes our leaders must stand up to the tax and spend mentality in Madison and work tirelessly to cut taxes and unleash the power of the free-market.

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