As the Wisconsin Senate debates the proposed voter ID bill (SB 6), which requires a valid photo ID to vote, I was interested in the spatial distribution of disenfranchisement that might occur. Unfortunately, there’s little detailed data on registered voters and drivers licenses that’s publicly available for a comprehensive analysis. As a proxy, I’ve compared the number of valid drivers licenses from the Department of Transportation (available here for 2009) to the number of registered voters from the Government Accountability Board (available here for 2010).

Interpretation of this map requires caution for several reasons: 1) it doesn’t include all forms of ID that can be used (e.g. military IDs) for which detailed data isn’t available, 2) many drivers have licenses without a current address, 3) many drivers are not of voting age, and 4) the data are not from the same year.

Potential voter disenfranchisement

Several counties (Dane, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Door Counties) have more voters than drivers, meaning that currently registered voters within these counties will have to obtain new IDs to vote. The total voters without drivers licenses within these counties, 20,162 voters, is well within the margin of recent elections. The largest numbers are from Dane and Milwaukee Counties which have traditionally voted heavily for the Democrats. Will there be a differential impact on future elections?

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As suggested by comments on yesterday’s map, here are maps showing the districts of republican and democratic senators facing recalls superimposed on the Kloppenburg/Prosser results (note the change in color scheme to portray the middle of the distribution more appropriately for this map). Take caution in interpreting these maps. Given that senate districts cover portions of counties and counties vary considerably in their populations, the distribution and number of voters within each county could mean a substantially different “color” for the senate district as a whole. Ward-level election data would be much more appropriate for a recall analysis, but it’s not available for the whole state yet (will be available here).
Republican recalls

Democrat recalls
Sources: WI GAB and AP

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Update: the supreme court recount is complete. Data available at the GAB website. The differences aren’t large enough to warrant updating this map.

I’ve pulled together a quick map of Wisconsin’s election returns:
Election results - Kloppenburg
Source: AP
Certified election results will be available at the WI GAB website.

If anyone needs a pub quality map, shoot me an email.

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On Thursday, March 24th, several faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater began walking from Whitewater to the Capitol in Madison to deliver a letter approved by the faculty senate raising multiple concerns about Governor Walker’s so-called Budget Repair Bill and proposed biennial budget.

Background Info

Photos and video

  • Photos are available here and here. All photos by Lori Compas. Please e-mail her at if you’d like high-res versions.
  • Videos of delivery of letter and talks at the capitol
    • video 1, Nikki Mandel’s and Eric Compas’s talk (thanks to Simone DeVore)
    • video 2, James Hartwick’s talk (thanks to Simone DeVore)
    • Video 3 (thanks to Brett Hulsey).

Media coverage

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The combination of Governor Walker’s so-called Budget Repair Bill and proposed Biennial Budget will have significant impacts on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, its students, and the community it serves. As the budget process moves forward, it is important for the citizens of Wisconsin to better understand the impacts of the budget on the future of higher education in the state.

Taxing our future

Increasing tuition costs amount to an increased tax on our most vulnerable citizens – our students. The proposed biennial budget includes an 11% cut for all UW System universities except the Madison campus. These cuts will be offset by a potential 5.5% increase in tuition in both 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years. Facts about student tuition at UW-Whitewater:

  • Tuition has more than doubled from 2000-01 to 2010-11, a rate that is four times the rate of inflation.
  • Average student debt load for the 68% of students receiving aid increased from $10,451 in 2000-01 to $22,403 in 2009-10.
  • Many of our students reach the maximum federal loan total of $57,500 by the time they graduate.
  • The growing gap between rising tuition and available aid limits the number of students who can attend university. Recent and proposed cuts to both federal and state aid programs will increase this gap.

*based on projected 5.5% increase in tuition costs

“Privatizing” our public universities

The cost of operating our campus is increasingly being placed on our students’ shoulders.
If this trend continues, the university will be largely funded by tuition, fees, residential life revenues, and other expenses borne by students. This de facto “privatization” has occurred with little public debate on the future of higher education in the state.

  • State funding for our campus in 2000-01 was 31% of the total budget and has mostly declined to the current level of 17%.
  • In 2010-11, 30% of our budget came from student academic fees as compared to only 17% from base state appropriations.
  • Governor Walker’s proposed budget for the UW System would further reduce the state portion and increase the burden on students.

Paying more for less

Increasing tuition will not offset the decreasing funding for our campus, thus leading to fewer opportunities for our students.

  • While specific programs have yet to be identified, past cuts have reduced the number of on-campus jobs for students, the number of instructional academic staff, and the number of faculty positions. In turn, class sizes have increased.
  • Decreasing faculty salaries has meant a rapid loss of seasoned faculty to retirement and difficulty in hiring high-quality faculty.

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