September 12, 2014 9:32 pm -

A Chicago federal appeals court consisting of three Republican-appointed judges has reinstated Wisconsin’s voter ID law.


In a brief order, a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said, “The State of Wisconsin may, if it wishes … enforce the photo ID requirement in this November’s elections.”or, Scott Walker, heralded the court’s decision as a victory for his state.

Wisconsin officials wasted no time in saying they would do just that.

“We are taking every step to fully implement the voter photo ID law for the November general election,” said Kevin Kennedy, the state’s top election official. “We are now focused on communicating with local election officials and voters, and will have more information about the details next week.”

Wisconsin’s Republican governor, Scott Walker, heralded the court’s decision as a victory for his state.

Democrats are no so happy.

“This ruling will disenfranchise Wisconsin voters and lower voter turnout in this fall’s election,” Democratic state Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, of Milwaukee, said in a statement.

She also worried the bid to implement the law less than two months before the Nov. 4 election would cause confusion among election officials and voters.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

16 responses to Federal Court Reinstates Wisconsin Voter ID Law

  1. tiredoftea September 12th, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Gee, the Repubs hate activist judges, don’t they?

    • Dwendt44 September 13th, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Only when that activism works against them.

  2. mdram September 12th, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    I’m all for ID.. Just provide it free for everyone. And, make sure it’s done before November.

    • Skydog2 September 13th, 2014 at 4:01 am

      Good point.

    • wifather2000 September 13th, 2014 at 7:03 am

      The ID is without merit as far as protecting the vote, unless it is used to protect the repuglican’t from the democratic voters.

      • mdram September 13th, 2014 at 10:27 am

        I agree.

  3. burqa September 12th, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    It’s a golden opportunity for the Democratic Party if there are very many people without a photo ID who are unregistered voters.
    The Democrats need to hop to it and get these people IDs while reminding them over and over that the Republicans tried to prevent them from being able to vote.
    This is a pretty low hurdle to get over….

  4. juicyfruityyy September 12th, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    I guess crime does pay. Walker is still running around. Voting rights are being reduced. I suggest the Dems get busy getting people registered.

    • tiredoftea September 12th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Yeah, that’s illegal now!

      • Dwendt44 September 13th, 2014 at 11:42 am

        If not, it soon will be.

    • Dwendt44 September 13th, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      Walker is still trying his damnedest to shut down the criminal investigation into his campaign practices.

  5. granpa.usthai September 12th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    to the Human Beings in Wisconsin:


  6. Ron Luce September 12th, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    In some countries, every adult citizen gets to vote. No need to separately register.

    Why do we register anyway? Maybe in the primary it makes a little sense — you are voting for your chosen political party’s candidates, I guess. But in the general, you are participating in the country’s democracy.

    • Dwendt44 September 13th, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Some states have an open primary, you can vote in either party (no both).

  7. Suzanne McFly September 13th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    How will this work for repubs, last election when voters felt they were being disenfranchised, they came out en masse to use their votes to show angst towards the right. Does the right believe these people will stay home this time?

    • Dwendt44 September 13th, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Of all those cases of voter fraud I’ve been aware of, I.D. would have caught only one of them ans even that one is a ‘maybe’.