Following Wisconsin’s highly contentious Supreme Court election on Tuesday, many voters, including myself, are left to wonder whether our elections are secure. Every election brings reports of voter fraud; however the number of complaints and allegations leveled after Tuesday’s election appears to be unusually high.
The fact that we live in a republic makes it vitally important that voters feel that their votes will count. That’s why I feel it’s important that we move forward with voter ID for our state. We also need a better education program for state election officials and volunteers. Many of the issues that have arisen since Tuesday’s election appear to have more to do with human error or the wrong procedures being followed. There will always be human error, we can never expect people to perform perfectly. That does not mean that we should not strive for as close to perfection as we can get.
When a citizen goes into a polling location they should be able to expect that the staff and volunteers on hand will be fully versed in election law and be able to help them in a friendly efficient manner. I believe part of the problem is election law is constantly changing. Election officials have to review the new laws and then try to implement them and pass them along. Not only is this time consuming, but also it is confusing, and that leads to mistakes.
During an effort to pass voter ID I think it’s critically important that the state review all election law and procedures at the same time, then proceed with a uniform and practical approach so that elected officials and volunteers can all be on the same page. By reducing the number of errors it will be much easier to actually discover and deal with potential fraud and abuses of the voting system. It would also go a long way towards giving voters a sense of security and confidence that their vote will count.