U.S. District Court Strikes Down Wisconsin Government Photo-ID Law for Voters at the Polls

On April 29, U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Adelman, a Clinton appointee, found that Wisconsin’s 2011 law requiring voters at the polls to show certain types of government photo-ID violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, and also violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Here is the 90-page opinion in Frank v Walker, 2:11cv-1128.

The law had not been in effect, because the Wisconsin Supreme Court had enjoined it from being used while several lawsuits in state court are also pending. The decision depends on evidence submitted at trial, and concludes that approximately 300,000 Wisconsin potential voters do not have the type of government photo-ID the law requires. The decision also finds that black and Hispanic voters are less likely than other voters to have the correct type of ID. Although the state government Department of Motor Vehicles provides state ID are no cost, the decision finds that those offices are almost entirely not open on weekends or evenings, and also notes that it is difficult for many individuals to get a state ID because they lack the documents needed to get a state ID. Thanks to Rick Hasen for the link.


U.S. District Court Strikes Down Wisconsin Government Photo-ID Law for Voters at the Polls — 2 Comments

  1. What percentage of the folks in the USA are LEGAL USA citizens ???

    i.e. do the usual suspects want to take over the USA via ILLEGAL Electors in the marginal gerrymander areas – States and districts ??? Duh.

  2. This was my experience with voter ID laws in Pennsylvania: On Monday, Dec. 2, I went up to the Driver License Center to get a voter ID card. I had to take two buses to get there because for some reason the center is located way out in the boondocks where nobody lives. But I am required by law to get this ID card, and without it, I can’t vote. Moreover, I’m an elected Libertarian Inspector of Elections, and I thought it reasonable to obey the law I have to enforce.

    So I get out there only to find out that apparently nobody does anything on Monday! Setting aside the questions of: why are they being paid if they don’t work, why don’t they at least tell people they won’t get any service, and why does a government office have an unlisted phone number, I went back Tuesday, Dec. 3 only to have them tell me the server was down.

    For some reason, every thing in the office is saved to a server hundreds of miles away – including the camera and the number machine for people in the waiting area! Why they set up a camera (a camera!) to only work if a server (not just a computer – that would be stupid enough – but a server!) hundreds of miles away is beyond me. This is complete incompetence. Somebody had to put some work into being this stupid. And to top it all off they don’t even list the phone number so people can call ahead to find out if they feel like doing something that day.

    So I try to complain at PennDOT’s website only to find out that you can’t because you need a ID card number, which I of course don’t have because they won’t give me a ID card! I tried to call PennDOT, and after listening to five minutes of worthless menus, I finally was able to talk to someone. I told them that I was trying to get a voter ID card and the first thing he asked me is: “What’s your drivers license number!”

    When I pointed out that I wouldn’t need a voter ID if I had a driver’s license, he told me that he couldn’t help me and said I had to call the Erie County election office! They of course told me to call PennDOT, and when I told them I had already spoke to them, they told me to call the Department of State. I did, and they told me to go to my local Driver License Center! When I pointed out that I already had twice, they said that not all centers did voter ID. I asked her, “Are you telling me there isn’t any place in Erie County to get a voter ID?” and they told me there was more thanone center in Erie County. This of course was a lie.

    I tried to send a message to the Secretaries of State and Transportation, but there is no contact information for them. Apparently they don’t want to hear from the taxpayers. I sent a message to the governor and Sen. SeanWiley and got no response. I sent Rep. FloFabrizo a message that he at least acknowledged.

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