Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Burlington, is promising state residents that Legislators will push through some type of Voter ID law “as quickly as possible,” a statement reads.
U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman in Milwaukee Tuesday handed down his decision, saying the law puts an unfair burden on minorities and the poor, a story from WISN 12 News reads.
Not only does the law make it harder for certain groups to vote because they are “less likely” to have a photo ID but it’s also often more difficult for them to obtain the necessary documents needed to get a free ID.
In one section of his 90-page ruling, Adelman reiterates what opponents of the law have been saying.
“(Almost) no voter impersonation occurs in Wisconsin and it is exceedingly unlikely that voter impersonation will become a problem in Wisconsin in the foreseeable future,” the opinion reads.
Proponents of the law say it will cut down on voter fraud and ensure the integrity of elections. Vos pointed to recent federal Supreme Court decisions that say Voter ID is constitutional and that he feels confident the new bill passed this past session will pass muster in any court.
“Assembly Republicans approved another version of Voter ID that we believe will withstand any court challenge,” he wrote. “We look forward to working with the governor and our colleagues in the Senate to do whatever it takes to ensure Voter ID is in place as quickly as possible.”
That bill passed on a party line vote of 54-38, a story at jsonline.com reads.
In short, that bill – which the Senate did not vote on – would allow residents to vote without a photo ID only if they swear in a signed statement that they are poor and can’t get a photo ID because of the fee involved, if getting their photograph taken violates their religious beliefs, or if they just don’t have or couldn’t obtain the documents needed to get a photo ID.
State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued a brief statement re-asserting his belief that the law is sound and that his office will appeal.
Democratic Rep. Cory Mason, Racine, has long derided any restrictions on voting. He told Racine County Eye that the judge’s decision proves opponents of it were right all along.
“The judge’s ruling speaks for itself: the state failed to prove any voter fraud problem and the barriers put in place by Walker’s voter suppression bill could disenfranchise thousands of eligible voters,” he wrote in an email.
Readers weighed in on the Racine County Eye Facebook page, with an equal number on each side of the issue:
Connie Tingwald Staal – So one must have an ID with proof of age to purchase cigarettes or alcohol, but it’s not to be asked for to vote. Something is really wrong with this concept.
Melissa Haynes Warner – Voting is guaranteed in constitution; buying stuff, going to movies, or driving is not.
Bart Thompson – Total BS. Vast majority of all income levels have ID, because it is soo necessary in todays life.
Kathy Arndt – Good!
And, finally, this one from Pam Burch Simpson who seems to be decidedly in the middle on Voter ID:
I will first say that I never did believe that there was ‘MASSIVE” voter fraud! Secondly, I also do not see anything wrong with Voter ID in its purest form. However, and this is a BIG HOWEVER, if it is going to be required, it must be FREE and it MUST be EASY to obtain. There are many elderly people that have been voting for a very long time that simply cannot produce birth certificates, etc. They could have been born at home and some have only church records for their baptism as proof of their existence. There are MANY gray areas in this topic and we have to allow for those gray areas. We also cannot throw it out and change it close to an election in an attempt to frighten people into staying away from the voting booths! ONE PERSON – ONE VOTE and CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE!