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  1. #1 Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin voter ID law 
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    Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin voter ID law
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    MILWAUKEE (AP) ó A federal judge in Milwaukee struck down Wisconsinís voter identification law Tuesday, declaring that a requirement that voters show a state-issued photo ID at the polls imposes an unfair burden on poor and minority voters.

    U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman sided with opponents of the law, who argued that low-income and minority voters arenít as likely to have photo IDs or the documents needed to get them. Adelman said the law violated the U.S. Constitutionís guarantee of equal protection.

    The decision invalidates Wisconsinís law and means voter ID likely wonít be in place for the fall elections, when Republican Gov. Scott Walker faces re-election. Walker said last month that he would call lawmakers into special session if the courts ruled against the law; Walkerís spokeswoman did not immediately return an email seeking reaction Tuesday. Nor did Republican legislative leaders, who have agreed a special session would be warranted to pass a revised version of the law.

    Tuesdayís decision could set a precedent for similar legal challenges in Texas, North Carolina and elsewhere. There are 31 states with laws in effect requiring voters to show some form of identification, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Seven states have strict photo ID requirements similar to the one a state judge struck down in Arkansas last week; that decision has been appealed to the Arkansas Supreme Court. Pennsylvaniaís voter ID law has been put on hold because of court challenges.

    Earlier this month, President Barack Obama waded into the voter ID debate, accusing Republicans of using restrictions to keep voters from the polls and jeopardizing 50 years of expanded voting access for millions of black Americans and other minorities.
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    Why is it always about blacks and minorities?
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    Don't most states give out free ID cards nowadays?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazy Horse View Post
    Why is it always about blacks and minorities?
    They never seem to find it a burden to go down to the government office to apply for all the freebies. Why is it so much of a burden to pick up a voter id card while lining up at the trough?

    On the positive side, without voter id, then the DUmmies fantasy of jailing people who don't vote will never be realized...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazy Horse View Post
    Why is it always about blacks and minorities?
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    I would personally pay to bring the equipment door to door to ID 50 of these bums. With the money the government pisses away this is bull crap that we couldn't just cover the cost. We shouldn't have to, but we could.
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    I assume WI will appeal the ruling.


    If it gets to the USSC, it could prove to be an interesting ruling, if the voter id law is a voter initiative, as opposed to a legislative action. The ruling last week regarding Michigan's law banning AA in state institutions was based on the fact that the law was voted on by the people, not a legislative act-at least that's why Breyer sided with the conservatives on the ruling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    I assume WI will appeal the ruling.


    If it gets to the USSC, it could prove to be an interesting ruling, if the voter id law is a voter initiative, as opposed to a legislative action. The ruling last week regarding Michigan's law banning AA in state institutions was based on the fact that the law was voted on by the people, not a legislative act-at least that's why Breyer sided with the conservatives on the ruling.
    One would think. It's not like this issue hasn't been heavily litigated already, you'd think there would be controlling Circuit Court decisions on it; if so, the State would be able to get the thing overruled quickly on an interlocutory motion while the appeal is pending.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ralph wiggum View Post
    Don't most states give out free ID cards nowadays?
    I am pretty sure they do.
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