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Voter ID Advocate Jeff Stone Denies ALEC influence on Wisconsin's Voter ID Law

 

That's a lie...I wrote the Bill myself! ALEC had no influence on Wisconsin's Bill!!

This evening, November 1st, 2012, after a Candidate forum in Greenfield Wisconsin, Representative Jeff Stone, who sponsored Wisconsin's Voter ID Law, called a voter from his district a liar for saying that the ID law was, in fact, ALEC authored and that Stone had introduced a version of the corporate approved Model Legislation as his own.

Let's review the ALEC voter ID legislation.

ALEC's Public Safety and Elections Task Force has been developing Model Voter ID legislation for at least as long as Jeff Stone has been affiliated with ALEC.

At the 2009 ALEC meeting in Atlanta the Public Safety and Elections Task Force approved the “Voter ID Act”. According the the investigative reporters at news21, this was a Photo ID Bill Modeled on the Indiana Voter ID Bill

In 2009, Representative Stone received a travel reimbursement from ALEC.

In 2010 Walker and the Republicans took control of both houses in Wisconsin as part of the “Tea Party Wave”.

In the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions 62 Photo ID bills were proposed in 37 Republican controlled states, including Wisconsin. All of the legislators, like Representative Stone, had some contact with ALEC.

At the Candidate Forum on November 1, 2012 State Senator Mary Lazich stated that she was confident that the Wisconsin Voter ID law will eventually be found constitutional because it was modeled after the Indiana Voter ID Bill.

Recap:

In 2009 ALEC develops Model Voter ID legislation in based on Indiana's Voter ID law.

In 2009 Jeff Stone receives ALEC travel reimbursement.

In 2011-2012 legislative session Jeff Stone proposed Voter ID legislation similar to 62 Photo ID Bills in 36 other Republican controlled States

On November 1st, 2012 Senator Lazich states that she worked with Jeff Stone and they deliberately modeled it after the Indiana Voter ID law.

On November 1st, 2012, Jeff Stone denied, in front of voters from his assembly district, that ALEC had any influence on his legislation.

This is reminiscent of Tommy Thompson's statement:

"I always loved going to [ALEC] meetings because I always found new ideas. Then I'd take them back to Wisconsin, disguise them a little bit, and declare that it's mine."

Published

November 2, 2012 - 1:14am

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