Wisconsin Worker Fired for Email on Free Voter IDs

From The Center for Media and Democracy PR Watch: http://www.prwatch.org/news/2011/09/11013/wisconsin-worker-fired-email-free-voter-ids

by Mary Bottari
September 9, 2011

A Wisconsin worker was fired Thursday for reminding fellow workers that photo IDs required for voting are free under Wisconsin law.

A man identifying himself as Chris Larson called into “Sly in the Morning,” a popular Madison radio program on WTDY-AM, and said he had been fired and escorted out of his workplace earlier in the day for sending out an email to remind employees to tell the public that they can obtain a state license for free. Larson said he worked for the Department of Safety and Professional Services, which is under Secretary Dave Ross.

The man was reacting to recent news stories that the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles may be hiding the fact that the IDs, which are newly required for voting in Wisconsin, are free. Hours after his dismissal, a small crowd gathered in front of his place of employment to protest his firing.

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell = Poll Tax

When a draconian “Voter ID” law passed in Wisconsin back in May, Democrats charged that requiring citizens to obtain a special photo ID was an unconstitutional and illegal infringement on voting, much like the “poll taxes” of the Jim Crow era. To withstand a likely constitutional challenge, the Wisconsin GOP agreed the IDs should be free of charge.

Problem solved? Maybe not.

This week an internal memo was leaked from a top Department of Transportation official that instructed Division of Motor Vehicles service center workers to “refrain from offering the free version to customers who do not ask for it.”

In other words if you did not specifically ask for the “free” ID, you would be charged $28 bucks for the privilege of voting.

Numerous voters have already had problems obtaining the ID

Continue reading at:  http://www.prwatch.org/news/2011/09/11013/wisconsin-worker-fired-email-free-voter-ids

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