Poll: Wisconsin Voters Support Voter Integrity Measures Gov. Evers Vetoed

A Madison County election worker checks a voter's identification against a voting poll list before allowing him to vote in the party primary in Madison, Miss. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Mississippi's new voter ID law was put to its first test in Tuesday’s primaries. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

The majority of Wisconsin voters support voter integrity measures in the state that Gov. Tony Evers (D) vetoed, such as showing a photo I.D and banning “ballot trafficking,” according to a poll.

The poll, commissioned by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) and conducted by pollster Scott Rasmussen, showed the measures were widely supported by Democrats and independents, not just Republicans.

Eighty-four percent of the state’s voters support requiring voters show photo I.D. before casting their ballots. Broken down by party, 96 percent of Republican voters, 70 percent of Democrat voters, and 81 percent of independent voters support it.

“These findings suggest the Governor’s vetoes are likely to be a political liability in his bid for re-election,” Rasmussen said. “However, as always, the larger political environment may play a decisive role. Evers will clearly be at risk if the midterm elections take place in an environment hostile to Democrats.”

Additionally, 69 percent of the states voters favor a uniform photo I.D. requirement for mail-in voting. Evers recently vetoed this type of legislation.

“The legislation would enact voter I.D. protections for absentee voting by requiring voters casting absentee ballots to prove their identity, restricting the automatic mailing of absentee ballots, and mandating a clear absentee ballot request process,” according to the Election Transparency Initiative:

 

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Broken down by party, 86 percent of Republican voters supported this type of measure that Evers did not, along with 52 percent Democrat voters and 65 percent of independent voters.

“Make no mistake, today’s poll confirms that Wisconsin voters believe in free and fair elections where it’s easy to vote and hard to cheat,” National Chairman of the Election Transparency Initiative and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said. “Unfortunately, Governor Evers has enthusiastically vetoed several proposals to establish a secure and transparent voting process every voter can trust, including commonsense photo I.D. protections.”

Most Wisconsin voters (65 percent) support a proposal to make the process known as “ballot trafficking” illegal, which was part of the legislation that Evers recently vetoed. Broken down by party, 79 percent of Republican voters, 58 percent Democrat voters, and 52 percent of independent voters supported it.

Cuccinelli added, “What radical Democrats like Evers know, but will never admit, is that voting-by-mail should never have fewer safeguards than voting-in-person – it’s simply common sense.” He continued:

While Evers is blocking voter integrity in Wisconsin, he wants to let congressional Democrats led by Nancy Pelosi nullify and override state election laws in an unprecedented federal takeover of elections via H.R. 1 and H.R. 4. The truth is that voter integrity protects the right to vote and have one’s ballot counted fairly and openly, but Governor Evers has acted defiantly in direct opposition to a bipartisan majority of Wisconsin voters.”

Tony Evers

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (C), Democrat of California, speaks alongside Democratic members of the House about H.R.1, the "For the People Act," at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 4, 2019. - Democrats announced their first piece of legislation to reform voting rights provisions, ethics reforms and a requirement that presidential candidates release 10 years of tax returns. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (C) speaks alongside Democratic members of the House about H.R.1, the “For the People Act” (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images).

The WILL/Scott Rasmussen poll was conducted from August 22 to 28. The poll involved 1,000 registered voters and consisted of equal numbers of Biden and Trump voters. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percent.

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