Friday, September 19, 2014

Armed Voter Intimidation in Wisconsin?

If you wonder why I prefer the UK to the US.  Yesterday's referendum was carried out in a peaceful manner, despite strong sentiments on both sides.

On the other hand, it seems that in the US some people feel that they have a right to prevent people from voting.  I believe there are federal laws which prevent this sort of activity, but still:

In Wisconsin, it is a Class I felony to use or threaten to use force, violence, or restraint to compel a person to vote or not vote in an election. It is also a felony to impede or prevent someone’s ability to vote in an election, to bribe voters, or to coerce someone to vote for a particular candidate or ballot measure.

Voter intimidation is also illegal under federal law. The Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act make it a crime for election officials to attempt to “intimidate, threaten, or coerce” anyone from voting or attempting to vote, or registering to vote.

Call the police immediately if you see these people.

In fact, contact and file a report with the DoJ's Civil Rights Division:
The facebook page has been mirrored.

"Law abiding gun owners", my arse.

The more I see of you, the more I am convinced that the US needs strong gun regulations.  The pro-gun side is the best argument for strong gun control.

See also:
Legal Protections Against Voter Intimidation in Wisconsin.pdf
Government Accountability Board | STATE OF WISCONSIN
Voter Intimidation Complaints | Government Accountability Board


  1. Voter intimidation is not only just plain wrong, as Laci says, its also very illegal, no matter who does it.

    As for these yahoos, assuming there's even more than one guy in his mom's basement, it will be interesting to see if any actually show up. And if they behave themselves.
    It was cool to find that this group has resulted in a Watching the "Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia" Facebook page which now, at 48 likes is twice as popular as the most likely mythical militia.

  2. Laci Where in any of what you posted does it state they want to intimidate voters. In fact it states they will be looking for those with outstanding warrants.No they have no place doing that either but to make the leap to they want to specifically intimidate voters is not supported by they evidence you have provided.


  3. Gee, people willing to break the law and we give them guns. Nothing could go wrong there!

  4. Guns should be banned within 500 yards of any polling place on election day.

    1. Will that stop a bad guy?

    2. It will help stop voter intimidation at the polls, and yes, those are bad guys when they try and intimidate voters.