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Voter ID Law Ruled Unconstitutional, Again

With a second ruling voting against the voter ID requirement, voters will likely not have to show identification for the fall elections.

Voters will likely not need identification in the upcoming fall elections after a second judge struck down Wisconsin's controversial voter ID law on Tuesday.

Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan ruled Tuesday that the law would be a "substantial impairment of the right to vote" under the state constitution, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"The immediate effect of his ruling is limited because another Dane County judge, Richard Niess, permanently blocked the voter ID law in March in a case brought by the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin," the article said. "Having a second ruling against the law makes it all the more difficult for voter ID proponents to get the law reinstated because they would need to get both orders lifted."

While the ruling takes away the requirement to show a photo ID, other measures remain in place, such as requiring voters to sign a poll book and to live in the same district where they will cast their ballot for 28 consecutive days.

Voters did show a photo ID during the Feb. 21 primary election, but left some voters confused when they hit the polls in April — and no longer needed IDs.

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After the March rulings, the Republican Party of Flanagan, who had signed a petition to recall Gov. Scott Walker.

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morninmist July 22, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Hoffa Lazich did do a press release. Check the Wheeler report.
James R Hoffa July 22, 2012 at 11:42 PM
@morninmist - Not that it really matters, or changes anything substantively, but you're right - Hoffa typed that comment up in haste. That sentence should have read: "While Lazich did issue a press release after sending the letter to the GAB, Zamarripa was the one who used the press to launch a personal and highly partisan political attack against Lazich." On a side note, I noticed that Lazich's letters are printed on recycled paper. Zamarripa's letters make no mention of the paper it's printed on. I thought that you lefties were big environmentalists, so what gives?
The Anti-Alinsky July 23, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Bert, your an A$$. I guess I didn't realize a simpleton would try to parrot Geoff's point, and do it worse. Both the United States and Wisconsin Constitutions hold the right to vote as the fundamental basis of our government. Since the highest court in the Country has ruled a SIMILIAR law constitutional, I find it hard to believe that the state Supreme Court would find a different conclusion based on the same concept. However, to Geoff's point, yes the state Supreme Court has the ability to rule other wise, though will doubtlessly uphold it.
morninmist July 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM
The TeaGOP with ALEC is attempting to disenfranchise many voters across the US: Coffee Bean ‏@CoffeeBean26 PA GOP admits no cases of voter fraud have been found http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/07/23/pennsylvania-gopers-concede-that-voter-fraud-claims-are-a-myth/ #VoterID #votersupression #ctl #p2 #Topprog #WIunion ...Given that voter fraud is a myth, why have Republicans been pushing voter ID laws so heavily? Because, as Pennsylvania House Republican leader Mike Turzai said a few weeks ago, the voter ID law is “going to allow Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.” While we think President Obama will still win Pennsylvania, Rep. Turzai is correct that these voter ID laws are about helping to elect Republicans. The voter ID laws seek to achieve this partisan goal by establishing hurdles that will disproportionately impact people of color, poor people, the elderly, and college students. People who lack a photo ID (such as a drivers’ license) typically need to present either a birth certificate or a passport, plus two forms of proof of residency (such as a utility bill, lease, etc.), and then make at least one trip to the DMV, where they will likely have to wait in line for at least a few hours in order to get a photo ID. The evidence that these requirements will disproportionately impact people of color, the elderly, poor people, and college students is strong. For example:..
morninmist July 24, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Hoffa You are one that mentioned working together. But it is difficult to work together when Lazich goes behind Zamarripa's back and goes to GAB with a request to check the voting lists in his district. If she wanted to check voting lists, she could has started in her own district. And as I said, she should have been professional about it and discussed it first. But, given her history of yelling voter fraud at every chance she can get (and that applies to other WI TeaGOP like Vos and Grothmann), in retrospect, what she did is not unexpected.

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