Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Voter ID Law

Court Protects Right to Vote in Wisconsin and Rejects the Wrong of Gov. Walker's Voter Suppression

MADISON, Wis. — Federal Judge Lynn Adelman today issued a ruling striking down Wisconsin’s voter ID law. In his opinion, Adelman cited the almost complete lack of voting impropriety – including no instances of in-person voter impersonation – in finding the law created an impermissible burden on legal voters.

“The court has protected the right to vote in Wisconsin, and rejected the wrong of Gov. Walker’s voter suppression.

“Judge Adelman’s decision once again exposes the only fraud in Wisconsin elections today is being committed by Gov. Walker and the Republican state legislators who are trying to manipulate the rules on voting to try to give themselves an unfair partisan advantage.

“Today’s ruling spells out in no uncertain terms there is no widespread voting impropriety that a photo ID requirement can or would prevent. Instead, the law would strip thousands of legal voters, primarily lower income and minorities, of that most basic of right in a democracy — the right to vote and have a say in the direction of their community.

“Gov. Walker has threatened to convene a special session of the legislature to try to re-impose a voter ID law if it was struck down in the courts. Doing so would not advance democracy in Wisconsin. It would be yet another desperate and despicable effort by Gov. Walker and his lapdog legislative majority to prevent legal voters from holding them accountable for their shameful record of cronyism, corruption and incompetence.”

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