Republican Rep. Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin stated April 5 that the voter ID law in his state will help a GOP presidential candidate win the state (video below).
“Take me forward to November: You know that a lot of Republicans, since 1984 in the presidential races, have not been able to win in Wisconsin,” a WTMJ reporter said. “Why would it be any different for [Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas], or [Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump]?”
“Well, I think [Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton] is about the weakest candidate the Democrats have ever put up,” Grothman replied. “And now we have photo ID, and I think photo ID is gonna make a little bit of a difference, as well.”
Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin signed the voter ID law into law in 2011 to allegedly stop voter fraud. The law survived numerous court challenges with Republicans insisting it was necessary to stop the alleged fraud.
However, former Republican state Sen. Dale Schultz of Wisconsin slammed his own party's voter election laws in March 2014.
"It’s all predicated on some belief there is a massive fraud or irregularities, something my colleagues have been hot on the trail for three years and have failed miserably at demonstrating,” Schultz told a Wisconsin radio show, reported The Cap Times.
“It’s just sad when a political party has so lost faith in its ideas that it’s pouring all of its energy into election mechanics,” Schultz added. “We should be pitching as political parties our ideas for improving things in the future rather than mucking around in the mechanics and making it more confrontational at the voting sites and trying to suppress the vote.”
ProPublica reported in March that the GOP-controlled state legislature failed to adequately fund a public education campaign to inform voters on how the new voter ID law works, even though the campaign is required by the law itself.
“We’ve heard from a number of people who have said they didn’t have enough information about the law,” Andrea Kaminski, the Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, told the news site. “They’re surprised they didn’t see anything on TV, on the Internet.”