March 23, 2015 3:00 pm -

[su_right_ad]This means the state will be able to impose voter ID requirements in future elections, thus restricting the vote.

The decision is further evidence that the court put the law on hold last year only because the election was close at hand and absentee ballots already had been mailed with no notification of the need to present photo IDs…

Wisconsin’s photo ID law has been a political flashpoint since Republican legislators passed it in 2011 and Gov. Scott Walker signed it into law. The GOP argues the mandate is a common sense step toward reducing election fraud. Democrats maintain that in-person voter fraud is extremely rare and that the law is really meant to disenfranchise voters who tend to vote Democrat and who may be more likely to lack proper ID, such as the poor, minorities and the elderly.

Republicans who support the law hailed the court’s decision as a victory for voters, while the League of Women Voters said it was disappointed that the challenge would not be heard.

“The last thing we need is laws that erect barriers for people who have been good voters for decades,” said Andrea Kaminski, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin.


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.

13 responses to Supreme Court Turns Away Challenge To Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law

  1. Sy Colepath March 23rd, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    With thanks to George W. Bush, the worst F^ING! president in the history of this country.

    • bluejayray March 24th, 2015 at 12:29 am

      …AND the activist judges he rode in on…

  2. Suzanne McFly March 23rd, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    So, that just means we need to make sure everyone has an ID. It will be a pain in the a$$, but we can do it.

    • granpa.usthai March 24th, 2015 at 12:01 am

      well, you could, -or -you could keep them guessing who is a part of the active resistance. False ID worked pretty damn good the last time Real Americans went up against the national socialist.

      • bluejayray March 24th, 2015 at 12:29 am

        Are you talking about Germany WWII?

  3. trees March 23rd, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Hey, guess what. You’ve got to have ID to vote.

    Bbb bb bbbut, we don’t have any ID, we’re too poor to afford one, we’re too old to get one, why does anyone in the government want to verify that I’m eligible to vote, it’s just so unfair!!!

    • granpa.usthai March 23rd, 2015 at 11:58 pm

      Nazi courts had a lot of useless rulings also, and guess what happened in the end?

    • bluejayray March 24th, 2015 at 12:28 am

      In my state, you prove your ID when you register to vote. At the polls you sign the voter list beside your name. In person voter fraud is so rare that it is statistically insignificant. And yes–sadly a lot of people in this country are too poor to take a day off from work and travel to the clerk’s office to stand in line and get yet another piece of ID when they were already registered and already had ID that should have been acceptable. For instance, in some states they will take an NRA membership card but not a state-issued student ID. Gee–think they might be targeting certain voters?

    • Pokthecat March 24th, 2015 at 1:01 am

      Tell that to my 90 year old greatgrandmother who is crippled and doesn’t drive but still wants to have a voice in elections.

      • trees March 24th, 2015 at 2:04 am

        Mail in absentee ballot.

    • OldLefty March 24th, 2015 at 6:23 am

      Voter ids can be very difficult to get, especially for the elderly who live far from DMVs.

      It was overturned in many states because of cases like;

      Wiola Lee, 59, was born in rural Georgia and moved to Philadelphia in her early youth to live with her grandmother. Ms. Lee worked for the Philadelphia Public Schools, including
      special needs children. She has voted for well over 30 years and has been civically active, volunteering as a poll worker in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With the new voter ID laws, Ms. Lee is trying to access her birth certificate which she will need in order to obtain a photo ID, but the state of Georgia has no record of her birth. Without a photo ID, Ms. Lee will not be able to vote.

      Bea Bookler has voted in every election since 1940 but now 72 years later she may not be able to cast what she believes might be her last vote. At 93 years old, Ms. Bookler lives at
      an assisted living facility in Chester County, no longer posseses photo ID and does not have her birth certificate to obtain ID.

      Texan Ruby Barber is 93 years old and has lived in the state for 77 years. She voted for the first time when she turned 21 and has been a regular voter ever since. This year, Barber was initially denied an Election Identification Certificate (EIC), Texas’s voter ID card. The rejection meant that she couldn’t vote.

      Ruby relies on her son Jim Denton for transportation because her driver’s license expired in 2010, and she is ineligible for a new one due to a medical condition.
      After learning about Pennsylvania’s new photo ID requirement, Ms. Block who hasn’t missed an election in 70 years, went to her local PennDOT office so she could obtain her
      free ID. Despite having all the documentation listed on the Department of State
      checklist, her application was rejected because the PennDot worker couldn’t
      read her Hebrew marriage license and the deed to her home and Pepco bill had her married name, not her maiden name. Ms. Block takes her right to vote so seriously that in 2010 she had her granddaughter take her from the hospital in a wheelchair because she couldn’t obtain an absentee ballot..
      and on and on.

      Texans Allowed To Show Gun Permits But Not Student IDs At Voting Booth

      North Carolina College Voting Bill Seeks To Tax Parents Of Students Who Change Registration.
      The Wisconsin legislature is finalizing a bill to close ten Department of Motor Vehicle centers located in Democratic districts within the state. The money saved will be used to extend operating hours at DMV centers in Republican districts. These cuts come on the heels of new voter ID laws that require voters to present a state-issued photo identification card at the poll booths.

      From the League of Women Voters;

      This year the Florida legislature passed a new registration suppression law that requires volunteers to go down to local Supervisors’ offices, register by providing detailed personal information, take an oath and be held personally and financially liable if they do not deliver the completed forms back to the Supervisor within 48 hours. Fines will be levied up to $1,000 per person.
      The League cannot ask volunteers to take on this significant financial risk if they are late in returning registration forms.

  4. Robert M. Snyder March 23rd, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Hey Alan…maybe we should require voters to correctly pronounce “nuclear”, since anyone who can’t is obviously not capable of understanding politics, right?

    • tracey marie March 24th, 2015 at 6:54 am

      very true, look what happened when your kind put bush the drunk in charge….millions died all over the world and he crashed the world economy