Supreme Court Upholds Wisconsin Voter ID Law
On Monday, the Supreme Court has disapproved challenges against Wisconsin’s voter ID law, which requires voters to present a photo identification in order to vote.
The decision comes as a drawback for citizens who either do not hold or do not have an authentic photo ID.
Last year, a federal judge in Milwaukee agreed with the American Civil Liberties Union and civil rights groups that the law was unconstitutional because “it disproportionately affected black and Hispanic residents,” as reported by USA Today.
However, the decision was changed in September by a panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals consisting of three judges.
Furthermore, in order to to avoid confusing people, the law was curbed by the Supreme Court in November. American Civil Liberties Union challenged the requirement of presenting a photo ID to vote in light of the April 7 election.
Seven other states have photo identification laws that do not allow exceptions to a government-issued ID; these are Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Penda Hair, co-director of the Advancement Project, said, “The Supreme Court’s decision is a huge step backward for our democracy.
“The 300,000 registered Wisconsin voters who lack the limited forms of photo ID needed to vote in Wisconsin — disproportionately African Americans and Latinos — deserve to have their voices heard in our political process.”
Richard Hasen, a expert in voting laws at the University of California at Irvine law school, wrote on his blog that the court’s decision to decline the objection to the Wisconsin ID law could be a “blessing in disguise.”
According to Washington Post, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos “found that there was evidence that law was written to discriminate.”
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