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Wisconsin Voter ID Law reinstated for November election by Appeals Court

Wisconsin Voter ID Law reinstated for November election by Appeals Court

7th Circuit finds crucial that recent changes in Wisconsin to made it easier to obtain an ID.

In a ruling just handed down (h/t RightWisconsin), a panel of the 7th Circuit has vacated a prior injunction staying enforcement of the law, and holding that it will be in effect for this November’s election. The full Order is embedded at the bottom of the post.

The case was argued before the Court of Appeals earlier today.

The critical finding was that recent changes enacted in Wisconsin to make it easier to get an ID obviated the likelihood of irreparable harm, a necessary test for an injunction:

The district court held the state law invalid, and enjoined its implementation, even though it is materially identical to Indiana’s photo ID statute, which the Supreme Court held valid in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, 553 U.S. 181 (2008). It did this based on findings that it thought showed that Wisconsin did not need this law to promote an important governmental interest, and that persons of lower income (disproportionately minorities) are less likely to have driver’s licenses, other acceptable photo ID, or the birth certificates needed to obtain them, which led the court to hold that the statute violates §2 of the Voting Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. §1973.

After the district court’s decision, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin revised the procedures to make it easier for persons who have difficulty affording any fees to obtain the birth certificates or other documentation needed under the law, or to have the need for documentation waived. Milwaukee Branch of NAACP v. Walker, 2014 WI 98 Guly 31, 2014). This reduces the likelihood of irreparable injury, and it also changes the balance of equities and thus the propriety of federal injunctive relief. The panel has concluded that the state’s probability of success on the merits of this appeal is sufficiently great that the state should be allowed to implement its law, pending further order of this court.

Wisconsin Voter ID Law – Appeals Court Order Reinstating

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They should change the slogan from “I stand with Walker” to “I float with Walker … on Cloud 9”

Let’s face the truth – this is as vicious a beating as the fight scene in Cool Hand Luke.

Suffrage without accountability is a simple fraud. Some people seem all too eager to marginalize citizenship rights and privileges. With nearly a $3 trillion welfare economy, there is no logical excuse for anyone to be indigent, homeless, or unidentified.

    DaveGinOly in reply to n.n. | September 12, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    I hate “suffrage without effort” as we have here in Washington State. All voting is done by mail. I believe that voting should be done the old-fashioned way – at polling stations. If you are too sorry to drag your butt to the polls on election day, why should you be accommodated?

      AFSarge in reply to DaveGinOly. | September 13, 2014 at 1:18 am

      but….but…. I have to sign the envelope saying that it truly is me! No-one would ever forge someone else’s name!

      (do I really need a sarcasm tag?)

      Sarge in WA

Sub headline: “7th Circuit finds crucial that recent changes in Wisconsin to made it easier to obtain an ID.”

To edit maybe fix you should.

Let me be the first to congratulate Governor Walker on his re-election.

But as the other law professor likes to say, “don’t get cocky”…

This is excellent news.

(What happened to the “like” button on the posts themselves? Sometimes I just want to “like” it and don’t have a comment.)

    Doug Wright Old Grouchy in reply to janitor. | September 13, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Yeah, me too, on the “like” button on the posts themselves! I like to like LI posts, most of the time, they’re truly likable, really!

    Also, win Walker win!

The very fact that Democrats oppose Voter ID laws should tell you all you need to know about what they are doing every election.

Voter ID laws are supported by an overwhelming majority – well over 70% in polls. Funny how when Obamacare had barely over 50% support it was ‘the will of the people’.

And they have the audacity to accuse the Republicans of trying to ‘cheat’ by putting Voter ID laws in place.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Olinser. | September 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    The same is true about the people’s will against illegals being allowed in, catered to, and given “amnesty except in name”.

    But the ‘rats just soldier on against the will of the people.

WACIST..!! Wascally Wisconsin WACISTS..!! Voter Supwession by Repubwicans is WAAAACCCCCIIIIIISSSSSTTTTT..!!