|By Lester Dore|
The Wisconsin legislature is finalizing a bill to close ten Department of Motor Vehicle centers located in Democratic districts within the state. The money saved will be used to extend operating hours at DMV centers in Republican districts. These cuts come on the heels of new voter ID laws that require voters to present a state-issued photo identification card at the poll booths.The law is so restrictive that student IDs, even if they have a picture on them, can't be used to vote.
The Associated Press reports at least one Democratic lawmaker was angered by the move.
Rep. Andy Jorgensen, D-Fort Atkinson, called on the DOT to reconsider its plans to close the Fort Atkinson DMV center...Funny, they weren't concerned about making economic sense before the voter ID law was passed.
“What the heck is going on here?” Jorgensen said. “Is politics at play here?”
Transportation Department executive assistant Reggie Newson denied that politics was behind the office closure plan, saying the decisions were being made based on what made the most economic sense.