Wisconsin county clerk objects to weekend voting because it gives urban areas ‘too much access’
A Wisconsin county clerk testified in federal court this week that weekend voting should be eliminated because it gave urban areas “too much access” to the polls.
In a hearing on Tuesday, Republican Waukesha County clerk Kathleen Novack spoke in favor of voting restrictions signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker (R) between 2011 and 2015, which opponents argue suppress the votes of non-whites.
According to The Cap Times, Novack said that voter ID restrictions and reduced early voting had caused “virtually no problems at all” in Waukesha County, which is about 95 percent white.
Novack argued that the state should end weekend voting because it gave an unfair advantage to large urban areas, where minorities are more likely to support Democrats.
“If there’s an office open 30 days versus an office that’s only open 10 work days, there are obviously voters that have a lot more access than someone else,” Novack insisted. “There has to come a point where it’s just giving over-access … to particular parts of the state.”
When she was asked if some voters had too much access, Novack replied that there was “too much access to the voters as far as opportunities.”
The county clerk added that long lines in urban areas were actually a sign that voters had enough access to polls.
“Apparently access is an easy thing or they wouldn’t have long lines,” she opined.