Early voting threatened

This is a letter I sent to the Wis. State Journal, which did not get published:

Re: Rep. Stroebel's bill to restrict early voting. The logic behind the bill is unassailable. Certainly it is unfair for one locale to offer a higher level of service than another. The playing field should be flattened for all. And the way to do this is to reduce everybody's quality of service to the lowest available level.

But why restrict this fairness to voting? Here's a hypothetical example: Suppose after a snowstorm Madison gets its plows out at 3 a.m., while nearby Mount Horeb can't start until 7 a.m. Unfair! Madison should be forbidden to plow before 7 a.m. Why should liberal big-city drivers be free to move about, while hard-working rural conservatives are stuck in their driveways? It is the proper role of the state to assure that if one person is stuck, then everybody will be stuck.


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