Skip to comments.ACLU sues Wisconsin over photo ID law
Posted on 12/14/2011 1:27:50 AM PST by bjorn14
The American Civil Liberties Union sued the State of Wisconsin on Tuesday over a new law requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification, charging that the measure violates the U.S. Constitution.
The lawsuit says that the state is infringing on some citizens' right to vote and to be treated equally under the law and amounts to a kind of poll tax on voters who lack the documents needed to get an approved ID.
Republican lawmakers and Gov. Scott Walker, who is named in the lawsuit along with a long list of other state officials, have said they believe the measure will withstand a court challenge.
The action came Tuesday ahead of a scheduled speech by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in which he vowed to enforce civil rights protections amid a flurry of voter ID laws recently passed around the country. The Wisconsin lawsuit was filed in federal court in Milwaukee by the national ACLU and its Wisconsin affiliate and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty on behalf of a group of senior citizens, minorities and homeless residents.
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What nonsense - don’t the poor who are accessing public assistance need some form of ID? If they don’t have it they shouldn’t be able to get assistance much less vote.
ACLU—the enemy within.
From the Irony Department: Union Election Requires Photo ID
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If you are too stoned or crazy or stupid to get a photo ID then you should not be voting because then you are undoubtedly sucking down welfare and other tax monies
they aren’t critics, they are liars.
So all they want is the current signature comparison? Is that their usual procedure?
They won’t admit real voters are disenfranchised (?) when even one person votes illegal.
Actually...the better way to wrap this issue up is to create a bill which requires a mandated picture ID for any narcotic drug situation, voting purposes, any bank transaction at a bank itself or business, for entry into a hospital, for driving purposes, or for air or rail or cruise travel. Then you list the acceptable ID’s: military ID card, state drivers license, or the national passport card. The enticement is that you pump a billion into the state driver’s license system so that any idiot can come up and admit they just don’t have the money...so you give them a free driver’s license.
We NEED these laws to insure against voter fraud which is WAY more important than inconveniencing a few people. Anyone serious about voting, our Democratic Electoral System and being honest WANTS to see some sort of verification/Checks and Balances on ethics of the process.
The ACLU is verifying its position as a tool of political agendas by suing over this law. We have enough problems here in Wisconsin with Micky Mouse and Adolf Hitler being acceptable signatures on Recall Petitions as long as they are accompanied by a valid address. This according to the Government Accountability Board - totally inhabited by Democrat-aligned public-sector union employees with a clear personal agenda.
It's sickening and all of these people should be put in jail for their unethical dealings.
I don’t think you need to give a drivers.
But a state-issued ID card that has security features, so people cannot get them copied.
Absolute bs. Some kind of poll tax???? They will say anything.
Gee, at one time the State of Nevada demanded a bc if you were out of state moving there regardless of whether you had a legal driver’s license from another state.
From what I’ve seen, the photo ID cards are free to those who can’t afford one. How does that qualify as a poll tax except upon the taxpayers who pay for those who don’t?
I routinely work as a precinct voting supervisor for our county during elections. While our state specifically says that we cannot ask for a photo ID, many voters voluntarily offer one up as they check in at the polling site. From a practical point, it really aids in the process of our clerks being able to more readily look up the voter’s registration information before they vote—thus speeding up the process. Many voters are amazed that we do NOT ask for photo ID.
ACLU protecting the democrats for their right to voter fraud...
disenfranchised (?)....Get with it. That’s disenfrenchfried as one Obama supporter said on CNN.
Doesn’t the requirement actually gurantee equal treatment?
Democrat operatives have the right to vote multiple times, under multiple names, whether those names are fictitious (as in “voters” registered at non-residence addresses) or those names belong to people who didn’t show up to vote.
I think the ACLU should be suing for the right for Republicans to do the same without fear of legal consequences.
Or they should drop the suit completely, and just admit what everyone knows: that their claims of supposed “disenfranchisement” are nothing more than cover for vote fraud. It would be nice, if the judge rules against them and states that outright in his/her legal opinion.
This doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in Hell as the USSC decided it was constitutional in 2008 when the ACLU challenged Indiana’s Voter ID law.
Texas' new Photo Voter ID Bill currently sits on Eric Holder's desk awaiting his "review," as Texas (along with some other states) still is saddled by the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
ALL they want is VOTER FRAUD to happen.
ACLU Waging Lawfare on behalf of democrat voter fraud machine.
Thank God the state of Wisconsin does not require an ID to buy liquor and tobacco. These old people, poor, homeless, and blacks would not be able to buy liquor and tobacco if Wisconsin did have such a law.
It’s massive MSM backed election theft.
Maybe we need to bring in international election observers like they do in 3rd world pestholes.
Oh wait, we’ve turned into a 3rd world pesthole.
They had to show ID to register in the first place. Was that unconstitutional as well?
“But how will we turn out the graveyard vote???”
Alas, it is worse than that. Before the law change all you did was state an address, then state a name living at that address. No signature, no ID. Oh, and if you can read upside-down, you don't even need the name ahead of time.
Hell, I need an ID to get cold medicine. Grrr.
When is the ACLU going to sue the government on behalf of gun ownership and the governments regulations to control it? NJ agrees I have the right to own a gun and a right to carry but try to get that done. Owning a gun costs money and time and forget about carry. I have to prove someone actually tried to kill me before the process of carry even begins and then it would take months. Come on ACLU, look after my interests!
Not showing your photo ID is ok as long as the ACLU will also sue over people having to show their ID to write a check or use a credit carc or buy booze.
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
So where does the Constitution require photo ID or a permit to buy or carry a firearm??
ACLU is running interference for the regime to clear the way in time to bus the union thugs and hoodrats from Chicago to “vote” in Walker’s recall and for 2012.
Why doesn’t our side, start suing the ACLU?
Seriously. Why do we leave the agenda to communists?
Similar provisions have been upheld before. They know they'll lose. They just want a restraining order so that they can enable cheating during the recall attempt against Governor Walker.
In fact in some states (i.e., MD) it is illegal to even walk around without ID.
Isn’t funny that the Guardian UK, one of the sleaziest rags in History behind Pravda and Hitler’s newspapers, allow comments on EVERYTHING!!!................ Except anything that makes Democrats or minorities look bad!
A few years back in the liberal bastion I reside in I walked up to the voter check-in-hag and flashed her my drivers license. The look of horror on her face almost made me burst out laughing. She said “I don’t need to see that” and shockingly looked away. So, naturally, I shoved it back at her and said “shouldn’t make sure it’s actually me?” to which she replied “No! Please put that away.”
The smirk on my face really p’d off pretty much everyone there. It made my day!
I think we should ALL consider doing this next election cycle just to make a point.
Photo IDs are a form of identification. Unless the law says that some people, because of ethnicity, sex, age, cannot have them, then how can they be unconstitutional? If photo IDs are unconstitutional, then asking for any form of identification for voting is unconstitutional.
The Dem Party could easily establish a hotline for people with no photo IDs to call, and the party could make sure they get one. But of course, that is not what they want. They know with the current system, they get virtually all of the illegal votes. They do not want to change that system. In short, voter IDs would diminish the numbers of illegal votes they get every election from dogcatcher to president.
Where is the ACLU lawsuit against the Obamacare requirement that citizens must purchase health insurance ,a measure that also violates the U.S. Constitution ??
The Supreme Court already ruled the Indiana and Georgia Voter ID Laws as constitutional. How much different is the Wisconsin Law from those.
That is the only part of the suit that makes even the slightest sense - the burden on the (tiny) number of people who have no photo-id, do not have any birth certificate or other acceptable proof of identity, and cannot afford to obtain the documents.
But the ACLU fails to note that equal protection also requires that my vote not be nullified by a fraudulent voter casting a vote multiple times. And since Wisconsin has election-day registration, with NUMEROUS holes in it (including a provision one can register to vote without ANY documentation if there is someone to corraborate that you live in the state), allowing voting without ID virtually assures that there will be fraud.
Now here's the kicker: the info is available to anybody who asks. Any private individual can then check that you really are who you say you are, and if you gave false info then your picture and fingerprints get assigned to an arrest warrant.
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