Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin’s voter ID law – Milwaukee JS
A federal judge on Tuesday struck down Wisconsin’s voter ID law, saying it violated the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution.
The law known as Act 23 had already been blocked by a state judge. For the law to be put back in place, supporters would have to overturn both the state and federal decisions — a possibility thatcould prove difficult between now and the Nov. 4 election for governor.
“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,” U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman wrote in his 70-page ruling. “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.”
A lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin praised the ruling, calling it a victory for the minority witnesses who came forward to explain how the law prevented them from voting as they had in the past.
“We are very pleased that the judge recognized what we believe we showed at trial, which is that Wisconsin’s voter ID law did have a discriminatory effect on African-American and Latino voters,” said Karyn Rotker, a senior attorney for the state ACLU.
Translation: We don’t believe that African-Americans and Latinos are capable of the monumental task of obtaining a state id. But we’re not racist, only Republicans can be racist. Have we mentioned that there’s definitely not an enormous racism problem within the American Left?
As an aside, the Judge (Lynn Adelman) was a Democrat Senator prior to being appointed to the bench.