Wisconsin Voter-ID Law Challenged at State's Supreme Court

Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 12:52 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Civil rights groups are asking Wisconsin’s Supreme Court to reject a state law requiring would- be voters to present photo identification before they can cast a ballot.

 

Lawyers for the groups and the state are arguing the case before Wisconsin’s seven-member Supreme Court, which is reviewing two cases challenging the requirement at a hearing today in Madison, the state capital.

Gov. Scott Walker signed the measure into law three years ago, calling it “common sense reform” that would help protect the integrity of the election process. The League of Women Voters disagreed, suing to block enforcement. The Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP also sued.

Fourteen states have laws requiring some form of photo identification to vote, according to the National Conference of State Legislators. In six of those states, including Georgia and Indiana, a voter can’t cast a valid ballot without photo ID, according to the conference.

Wisconsin is one of five states where such laws either haven’t yet been implemented or are in various stages of litigation. Opponents claim the measures are intended to suppress the votes of lower-income people and the elderly, who may be more inclined to vote for Democrats.

While the NAACP in Wisconsin won a 2012 trial ruling that the photo-ID requirement was invalid, the league’s victory in a separate case was reversed by the mid-level state Court of Appeals. The league wants the Supreme Court to restore the trial court’s ruling that the measure unconstitutionally interferes with voter rights.

The high court decided in November that the NAACP case should skip the intermediate appellate court that overturned the League of Women Voters ruling. Walker’s administration has asked the court to undo the decision that the law is invalid.


© Copyright 2014 Bloomberg News. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Pennsylvania Police Identify Suspect in Deadly Trooper Ambush

Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 17:06 PM

Pennsylvania state police on Tuesday identified Matthew Eric Frein, described as an anti-law enforcement survivalist, as . . .

Battle Over Internet Service Regulation at FCC Rages Onward

Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 16:46 PM

The Federal Communications Commission received more than 3 million comments regarding its authority over the nation's In . . .

Grand Jury to Weigh Case of NASCAR's Tony Stewart

Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 15:02 PM

A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved