Boy, do they make it hard to vote in Wisconsin.

     For most of my life I’ve been a voter here in Wisconsin. So you can manage my surprise earlier this year when I tried to register online after moving to the town of Brooklyn.

     Apparently I no longer existed. At least that is what the state said. Big surprise.

    So I asked Marian Mildebrandt, the town clerk, about my dilemma. I was there in person speaking with her, wasn’t I?

     After she assured me that I did in fact exist, we tried to figure how why someone who has voted regularly for most of the last 30-some years did not show up on the voter rolls.

     It took some time (she is a patient person) and eventually she called the clerk in the city where I lived until January.

     When she checked its records, they had my name spelled wrong, which is why I was not showing up on the state’s list of registered voters.

     Say what? How could that be? Every time I voted I had to present an ID — most of the time it was my driver’s license — and I had to sign my name to a voter log. Plus the poll workers checked my license name against the name in the book. ...

     When I first registered with the town of Brooklyn back in February, I presented several photo IDs, and then when I voted in April I again presented a photo ID.
Had I not done so I wouldn’t have been able to vote, right?

     And now I can’t. At least I can’t obtain an absentee ballot online. ...

    I am not allowing what has happened keep me from doing whatever it takes to ensure that I can continue to vote. But I can see — because I have experienced it first-hand — that those in power, who want to keep their power, are making the process for some, including people like me who have voted regularly for more than 30 years, more of a challenge than it should be. ...

— Malcolm McIntyre
Green Lake

     To read the entire letter, see the July 26, 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.