MADISON-Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate following Scott Walker signing into law a costly voter suppression measure that amounts to a poll tax.

"In their mad rush for power, Scott Walker and the Republicans will spend millions of taxpayer dollars to expand government and deny voters their rights. Without any real need for this legislation, Republicans knew that it would most impact the elderly, students, shut-ins, African-Americans, Latinos and other groups that tend to vote Democratic. Supported by national Republicans and corporate interests, they have limited rights rather than expanding them, spent taxpayer dollars rather than saving them, grown government rather than shrinking it, and shown their distrust for democracy, rather than any love of it.

Today's transparent abuse of power is all the more reason why the six Republicans who marched in lockstep with Scott Walker to impose this costly poll tax must be replaced."