Jul 3, 2012

Evidence military veterans stopped from voting in Wisconsin voter ID case

Frank v. Walker, (Case 11cv1128)

A two-hour visit to the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative at the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milwaukee by a Wisconsin law student yielded declarations from four veterans who would be disenfranchised by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP's voter obstruction law.

Happy Independence Day, veterans; if Republicans get their way your military service means it's not good enough for you to vote.

The law is currently halted (enjoined) from taking effect as two cases in federal court and two cases in state court make their way through the respective court systems. The cases are:

Wisconsin federal court cases
Wisconsin state cases
Monica Wedgewood, an intern working for the ACLU in the federal case, Frank v. Walker, (Case 11cv1128), on June 21st made a two-hour visit and in that short period of time managed to obtain four legal statements, declarations, stating what is a widespread concern in Wisconsin and across the nation: That Republican-created voter obstructions bills will disenfranchise the large veteran homeless population.

Wedgewood's declaration states that she found four veterans between 8:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. on June 21, 2012 whose only form of photo ID is a U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Veterans Identification Card (VIC). The exclusion of veterans who have only a Veterans Identification Card (VIC) from voting has drawn increasing criticism.

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