Blog: Less Privacy For People, More Privacy For Government

Our state (WI) government should operate in a fully transparent way. We need to know what our elected officials are doing, how their decisions are being made, and how they are spending our money. On the other hand, private citizens should be granted a good deal of anonymity. We should be able to vote, express our opinions, and communicate with our representatives without our actions being widely publicized.

There are several recent Wisconsin political actions that reveal an alarming trend. Our state government is becoming less open and less transparent. At the same time, the anonymity of private citizens who are exercising their Constitutional rights is under increasing threat.

For example, earlier this year a law was enacted that allows partisan election observers to stand as close as three feet from the table at which voters must state their names and addresses. I don't know about you, but I really don't care to have total strangers standing one yard away when I am giving-out my personal information. This voter intimidation law, Act 177, was endorsed by State Representative Knodl and State Senator Darling. It was signed into law by Scott Walker on April 2. Continue>>>