MARTIN: Wisconsin’s ballot laws should resemble Virginia’s

Old Dominion’s requirements deter voter fraud

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Mr. Walker stirred up controversy by gaining passage of legislation, shortly after his election in November 2010, eliminating a $3.6 billion state budget deficit. Among other things, the Walker-initiated legislation balanced the state budget by limiting collective bargaining for public employees and reducing state aid to local school districts. To make up for the loss of state aid, the Walker legislation enabled school districts to require teachers to contribute small percentages toward their health insurance and pension costs.

The evidence is overwhelming that Mr. Walker’s measures have worked. The state budget is balanced, education has not suffered, and public employees (including teachers) have not been laid off. But unions - especially teacher unions - declared war on his administration because of the partial ban on collective bargaining.

Elections - whether recall elections or presidential primaries - ought not to be held unless they are called for by valid state electors.

Republicans have distinguished themselves, unlike Democrats, by calling for election integrity measures such as requiring photo identification by voters. Signature measures are no less necessary.

Virginia’s laws ought to be celebrated, not castigated. Let’s live by principle.

Maureen Martin is a fellow at the Heartland Institute.

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