WIsconsin Voter ID Law Unconstitutional
A second Dane County judge on Monday ruled that the photo identification requirements of the state voter ID law are unconstitutional and permanently barred further steps to enforce those provisions.
Circuit Judge Richard Niess wrote in his decision in a case brought by the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin that the photo ID requirements are “unconstitutional to the extent they serve as a condition for voting at the polls.”
He said that photo ID requirements are not always unconstitutional, but the requirements of the state voter ID law that disqualify otherwise qualified voters from casting ballots violates the state constitution, which guarantees the right of any qualified elector to vote.
In another case last week, Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan also held that the photo ID requirements are unconstitutional and issued a temporary injunction until a trial in that case can be held next month.
Niess’ ruling appears to have a broader and longer-lasting impact than Flanagan’s, and the next step in the case would be an appeal by Gov. Scott Walker and the state Government Accountability Board, who are defendants.
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