Tuesday, February 20, 2007

No hassle holiday

State Representative Josh Zepnick (D-Milwaukee) wants to make election day a holiday.

Zepnick added, “It just seems like common sense to me that our democracy would be better served if a civic holiday were created for elections. Why is it that we still cannot provide the voters of Wisconsin the opportunity to go to the polls and make their voices heard, without the hassle of waking up extra early, missing dinner, or using their lunch break?” said Zepnick.
Hassle? There are no restrictions on voting absentee, there's same-day registration, and if you're in line at 8:00pm they still allow you to vote. Heck, if you're a Democrat they allow you to vote twice.

Who needs a holiday? We need a few more hassles when it comes to voting, not less.

Meanwhile, State Senator Fred Risser (D-Older than dirt) is attempting to push a bill through the state legislature to allow minors who will turn 18 by the time of the general election to vote in the primary. Believing the youth vote to have played a role in helping the Democrats in last year's elections, its understandable the Democrats would want children to vote.

No such excuse applies to state representative Terry Musser (R-Black River Falls), whose reaction was, "Why not?"

Because children should be seen and not heard, and that should also apply to state representatives that think like children.