A Wisconsin county judge has issued a permanent injunction against the state’s new photo ID law:
Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess has issued a permanent injunction against Wisconsin’s new photo ID law. In doing so, Niess became the second judge in less than a week to strike the new law, but the first one did so on a temporary basis.
Four lawsuits have been filed against the law requiring people to present a valid government-issued photo identification card in order to receive a ballot. Monday’s ruling was in response to the suit the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin filed. It contends the provision violates Wisconsin’s constitutional protections for voters.
[…] Voters had to follow the law during February’s primary and no major problems were reported. Election officials were making preparations for Wisconsin’s April 3 presidential primary when a much bigger turnout is expected.
The Supreme Court turned away a challenge to the Indiana voter ID law:
The 65 page PDF file, Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, the main opinion said ” Valid neutral justifications for a nondiscriminatory law, such as SEA 483, should not be disregarded simply because partisan interests may have provided one motivation for the votes of individual legislators.”
JUSTICE SCALIA, joined by JUSTICE THOMAS and JUSTICE ALITO, was of the view that petitioners’ premise that the voter-identification law might have imposed a special burden on some voters is irrelevant. The law should be upheld because its overall burden is minimal and justified.
In related news:
- The new Tennessee voter ID law may have discouraged turnout.
- In Ohio, an 86-year-old World War II veteran with a government issued ID was unable to vote.
- In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Corbett says he’ll sign a voter ID bill expected to pass the state House.