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On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman struck down Wisconsin’s 2011 voter ID law. In his decision, Adelman declared the requirement of a voter to provide a photo ID to vote, presented too much of a burden for “low-income voters.”

Even though Wisconsin issues free photo ID’s Adelman said the requirement presented too many “obstacles” for “low-income” residents.

From the decision:

  • Assuming the person is able to determine what he or she needs to do to obtain an ID, the person must next consider the time and effort involved in actually obtaining the ID. This will involve at least one trip to the DMV.
  • A person who needs to obtain a missing underlying document is also likely to have to pay a fee for the document. For some low-income individuals, it will be difficult to pay even $20.00 for a birth certificate.
  • Given the obstacles identified above, it is likely that a substantial number of the 300,000 plus voters who lack a qualifying ID will be deterred from voting.

Adelman pointed to a “lack of evidence” of voter fraud, which doesn’t substantiate the need to place unfair “burdens” on people without an ID.

There is no way to determine exactly how many people Act 23 will prevent or deter from voting without considering the individual circumstances of each of the 300,000 plus citizens who lack an ID. But no matter how imprecise my estimate may be, it is absolutely clear that Act 23 will prevent more legitimate votes from being cast than fraudulent votes.

During both the recall election of Governor Scott Walker and the 2012 Elections, the media reported numerous of people registering to vote on Election Day with junk mail they possessed, addressed “To Occupant,” or “To Current Resident.”

From MacIver Institute:

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen disagreed with the decision and said the state will appeal.

“I am disappointed with the order and continue to believe Wisconsin’s law is constitutional,” Van Hollen said. “We will appeal.”

Governor Scott Walker did not issue an official press release but instead suggested on Twitter that he believes the law is constitutional and “will ultimately be upheld.”

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) expressed disappointment with the ruling and pledged that “Senate Republicans remain committed to Photo ID in Wisconsin, and will continue to review our options in light of today’s ruling and any potential action by the State Supreme Court.”

Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) saw the decision differently, declaring “today is a historic day in Wisconsin as one of the most disenfranchising laws that push us back towards the Jim Crow Era has been overturned by another court.

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5 Responses

    • Kel

      YES!
      As does medicaid and any forms of welfare, food stamps etc.
      •your birth certificate or U.S. passport.
      •photo ID (driver’s license, state ID card, school ID card, military ID card).
      •something that proves you live at your address – like a water, power, or gas bill, or a copy of your lease with your name on it.
      •something that shows your Social Security Number (SSN).
      •something that shows how much money you make (a paycheck; an income tax return; or letters from SocialSecurity, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and/or the VA

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  1. Steve

    Hey Anne good to hear from u . Sorry just got your message . Hope u jeremy r doing well . Had a great time . Stay tough . C ya

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