Court Upholds Wisconsin Voter ID Law as SCOTUS Mulls Case

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            The Supreme Court will officially weigh in on whether or not to upheld Wisconsin’s strict voter ID laws, with respects to the upcoming mid-term elections taking place this fall. On Monday, the argument for the law was strengthened in an appeals court case but with an impressionable amount of Wisconsin voters at stake the conversation warranted a look into the matter by the Supreme Court. Although it might not seem like it, something as basic as requiring an ID is off-putting to a number of voters and therefore sway the turnout come November.

At the center of this debate is Wisconsin Judge Frank Easterbrook, who stated in his 23-page manuscript that the law is in agreement with the constitution and does not infringe on the racial discrimination section detailed in the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Currently, the judge is receiving a lot of backlash for his report based on how removed it reads and because of the way in which the law could alienate voters from the polling stations. As it stands, 300,000 registered Wisconsin voters lack ID and a majority of them are sure to be dissuaded to return to the ballot booths if need be for a second count made “right” by the new law.

Politicians and the state’s higher ups also have to account for an immigrant population that is trying to participate with the American political system, all hurdles included. A separate appeals panel convened earlier this year and approved a new set of instructions for those who lack ID and birth certificate and wish to proceed with balloting. Yet, these procedures only help people born in Wisconsin. For those born out of state, like Latinos or African-Americans, their problems just more complex. Already marginalized, the voting protocol put into effect along with this ID edict could prove to be too much. A great deal of Wisconsin immigrants simply might avoid the vote altogether than go through with the trouble.

Furthermore, Wisconsin Republicans are also blocking a $460,800 worth of funding that would help call attention to the fact that this ID law is slated to be put into effect. Their reasoning is that the bill is already well-publicized and the increased spending is unnecessary at this time. In contrast to these statements, Republican opponents believe that the TV ads alone would go a long way in informing the populace of Wisconsin on where to go and what to do for getting an ID.

Easterbrook claims that everyone has equal opportunity to attain a voter ID, but that is definitely easier said than done for someone who is new or even used to American politics. Given the verdict at the appeals court case on Monday that went in favor of the law’s backers and Easterbrook’s findings, the Supreme Court is expected to keep the ID measure in place but this circumvents the worries of a substantial portion of Wisconsin’s constituency.

[via MSNBC]

Christian Westermann | News Cult

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