“Second judge rejects state voter ID law Requirement will not be in place for fall elections”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “In March, Flanagan issued an injunction temporarily blocking the law because the plaintiffs – the Milwaukee branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera – were likely to succeed in their arguments. Flanagan made that injunction permanent in the 20-page decision he issued Tuesday.”

I have posted the opinion here.  The court found no evidence in the record presented of impersonation voter fraud which would support an i.d. requirement.  The court found credible cases of people who would have difficulty getting voter i.d. under the Wisconsin law, which the court called the strictest in the nation.  What is not clear is how many people would have the difficulty getting the i.d. and whether the Wisconsin Supreme Court, when it gets the eventual appeal in this case, will decide that the class of people facing such general difficulties could bring an as-applied challenge to the law (as the U.S. Supreme Court did in the Crawford case considering the constitutionality of the Indiana voter id law against federal constitutional challenge).  The judge’s decision in this case was under the Wisconsin state constitution.

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