Statement of DPW Chair Joe Wineke on Attorney General Van Hollen

Sep 09, 2008

MADISON – Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Joe Wineke today released the following statement on the lawsuit filed by Republican Attorney General JB Van Hollen against the state Government Accountability Board:

“This ploy by the Republican Attorney General is nothing more than a waste of taxpayer dollars and a cynical attempt to disenfranchise eligible voters less than two months before the November election.

“Federal law does not require the measures outlined in the Attorney General’s lawsuit, and the case is without merit – there have been no allegations or instances of fraud or malfeasance. Instead, this suit would seize on technical problems and clerical errors, such as typos and slight differences in people’s names, to deny tens of thousands of Wisconsin citizens of their right to vote. Even four of the GAB’s six board members were recently mismatched during a test crosscheck.

“The Attorney General should listen less to the demands of the Republican Party bosses trying to distract and deny voters with fear mongering, and should respect the decision of the non-partisan team of judges at the GAB.”