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    Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Wisconsin Voter ID Law

    Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Wisconsin Voter ID Law

    By ADAM LIPTAK MARCH 23, 2015

    Voters in Milwaukee in November. Wisconsin's voter ID law has been challenged since it was enacted in 2011.CreditDarren Hauck/Getty Images

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday turned away a challenge to a Wisconsin law that requires prospective voters to provide photo identification before casting their ballots, meaning Wisconsin voters will have to comply with the law unless another court steps in.

    The move was a surprise, as the court last year temporarily blocked the law for the November election.

    The American Civil Liberties Union responded to Monday’s development by filing an emergency application in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in Chicago, urging that court to stop the law from immediately taking effect. The group said a stay was needed to prevent a sudden change while voting was underway in an April 7 general election. Voters will elect judges, one mayor and other local officials.

    “Although the Supreme Court has declined to take this case, it previously made clear that states may not impose new requirements for voting in the weeks before Election Day,” Dale Ho, director of the A.C.L.U.’s Voting Rights Project, said in a statement. “The situation is even more compelling here because absentee ballots have already been mailed out for the April election, and early in-person voting has begun.”

    “Imposing a new restriction in the midst of an election will disenfranchise voters who have already cast their ballots,” he said. “It is a recipe for disaster.”

    The Wisconsin law, one of the strictest in the nation, was enacted in 2011 but had been mostly blocked by various courts. A federal trial judge, for instance, said that it would “deter or prevent a substantial number of the 300,000-plus registered voters who lack ID from voting” and that it would disproportionately affect black and Hispanic voters.

    Civil rights groups had hoped the Supreme Court would use the case, Frank v. Walker, No. 14-803, to reconsider its 2008 decision in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, which upheld Indiana’s voter identification law.

    But a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit allowed the law to go into effect, reasoning that it was similar to one from Indiana. The full Seventh Circuit deadlocked 5 to 5 on a request to rehear the case, drawing a sharp dissent from Judge Richard A. Posner, who had written the 2007 appeals court opinion upholding the Indiana law that was affirmed by the Supreme Court.


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    Voter ID: Supreme Court Hands Scott Walker Another Win

    by John Nolte
    23 Mar 2015

    Along with the many other reforms Republican Governor Scott Walker has successfully delivered n Wisconsin, just as his potential Republican rival Sen. Ted Cruz announced his campaign for the presidency, the Supreme Court of the United States added another significant achievement to Walker’s already impressive resume: the upholding of the Dairy State’s 2011 voter ID law.

    For now, however, it appears a majority of high court justices approve of photo-ID laws such as Wisconsin’s, which does not involve allegations of intentional racial discrimination. None of the high court’s more liberal justices voiced dissent with the decision not to hear the case. …

    Thereafter, however, the justices’ refusal to hear objections to the law means that Wisconsin will become the eighth state with a strict photo identification law that allows no exceptions to a government-issued ID. The others are Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

    “The Supreme Court’s decision is a huge step backward for our democracy,” said Penda Hair, co-director of the Advancement Project, a civil rights group. “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.”

    Despite relentless lies-of-omission from our dishonest race-baiting media, voter ID laws are the rare 80/20 issue in America. By wide margins, Democrats and Republicans embrace laws requiring voters show a valid, state-issued ID in order to cast a vote. Even 51% of black voters support voter ID, compared to just 46% who disagree.

    The media always casts the voter ID debate as a racial issue — conservatives attempting to keep black people away from the polls. The American people, including a majority of blacks, have not been swayed by the media’s propaganda. Voters instinctually understand that this is an issue of voter integrity, especially in a country so mismanaged by the federal government we currently have 6.5 million active Social Security numbers for people aged 112.

    Walker is almost certainly going to run for president as a successful reformer. Voter ID is not only another mark in his win column, it is one of the least divisive reform movements in the country — unless, of course, you have allowed the lying media to again make you believe up is down.
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