12/14/2011

Unions require PIcture Voter ID to Vote in their elections


From Politico

Something to remember when you read things such as this:

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.

"This lawsuit is the opening act in what will be a long struggle to undo the damage done to the right to vote by strict photo ID laws and other voter suppression measures," said Jon Sherman, an attorney with the ACLU Voting Rights Project.

Critics of the photo ID law say that there are no cases of voter impersonation and that the law will make it harder for vulnerable groups to vote. Proponents argue the measure will discourage voter fraud and give the public more faith in elections. . . .

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Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

Hmmmm, perhaps the ACLU can have Vladimir Putin file a Friend of the Court brief on their behalf...

12/17/2011 11:00 AM  

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