Federal Court Reinstates Wisconsin Voter ID Law
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]