Mar 29, 2012

Lawless GOP Justices May Uphold GOP Voter Obstruction Law

No vote for you!
Update: Supreme Court refuses to take up voter ID cases (April 16, 2012)

The four GOP justices on the Wisconsin Supreme Court may overturn a century of precedent and Article III of the Wisconsin Constitution but the press continues to dumb-down its reporting to he-said, she-said processes, missing critical constitutional issues in the coverage.

After reporting that two appellate courts are sending the Voter ID law to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, AP writer Scott Bauer reports the, "law's opponents say it will disenfranchise minority groups, the poor, students and senior citizens who lack photo identification."

Bauer might have noted the empirical case demonstrating this fact of disenfranchisement, but reading the legal briefs and Judge Flanagan and Niess' opinions appears a bridge too far for Bauer's piece. C'mon, it's right there in the State Journal links.

Bauer continues: "Supporters say it's needed to stop any potential voter fraud, while opponents counter the potential for wrongdoing is overblown because so few cases have been reported."

Actually Bauer could have noted the number of voter impersonation cases prosecuted going back decades is zero, a fact that would place the GOP effort at obstruction in its accurate context.

And for giggles, he could have thrown into his report the fact that you have to register to vote before you can vote; see Wisconsin Voter Registration Application, a rigorous process in which a voter must attest to accurate information under penality of state and federal law.

The last presidential election also featured a major GOP voter obstruction effort, widely ridiculed on its lack of merit, worth 15 words.

The effect of Bauer's reporting, like that of most of the press, makes it seem like voter impersonation is common and easily achievable. So Scott Walker and the GOP can ignore history, ignore the Wisconsin Constitution, ignore over a century of case law, and repeat the talking point of "common sense" which the stenographers in the press will repeat without futher factual analysis.

Ben Adler in The Nation quotes Sam Munger, a researcher at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy who says the GOP justices will rule 4-3 to overturn the Wisconsin Constitution.

Two cases remain in federal court, and observers are cautiously optimistic because of the mountain of empirical evidence of voter disenfranchisement—that Bauer fails to even mention—will be the basis of the two federal lawsuits—
Wisconsin State Cases
Wisconsin writer John Peterson notes the Wisconsin Supreme Court could refuse to hear the two state cases and let the injunctions against the voter ID law stand, but Peterson thinks along with many others that the four partisan, corrupt GOP justices will toe the GOP line, the Wisconsin Constitution and voters be damned.

As we have written here before: This one decision will determine if Wisconsin is a lawless, unconstitutional state; or a democracy where the rule of law and the rights of citizens guaranteed in the Wisconsin Constitution hold sway over nihilistic politics.

Wisconsin Constitution, Article III, Section 1
"Every United States citizen age 18 or older who is a resident of an election district in this state is a qualified elector of that district."

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