|Veterans will cheat on Election Day, implies |
Update: Opinion and Order Denying Plaintiffs' Motion for Permanent Injunction and Class Certification, and Dismissing Remaining Claims (PDF) (filed 10/19/15)
Hope is back Wisconsin voters can defeat Republican-backed photo voter ID obstruction.
Updated - Voting rights plaintiffs argued in a hearing October 5, 2015 a legal motion, moving for a permanent injunction, class certification, and judgment on remaining claims against the Republican-enacted Voter ID statute in the case, Ruthelle Frank, et al., v. Scott Walker et al (No. 14A352).
Though the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the Frank (14-803) case in March, 2015 (MoritzLaw), yesterday's hearing in U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman's court breathes new life into the case. Adelman is a judge in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
While Gov. Scott Walker tweeted yesterday, "Our photo ID law makes it easy to vote but hard to cheat," voting rights advocates argued the opposite on behalf of veterans, low-income, elderly, minority, college and vocational students.
Wisconsin's photo voter ID law was crafted by Republicans to allow only a narrow range of IDs as a condition to vote, even disallowing the use of U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Veterans Health Identification Cards (VIC) (Mal Contends Sept. 2011; Mal Contends Nov. 2103; Mal Contends July 2012).
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that 49,933 veterans are homeless on any given night (National Coalition for Homeless Veterans). Many homeless veterans have VICs as their only means of identification.
The AP reported today, "Attorney Sean Young, of the ACLU Voting Rights Project, asked for the judge to make changes in time for the February  primary. He said the law as written violates the Constitution's equal protection clause." (Moore, ABC News)
Since March 2015, voting rights plaintiffs have made a series of motions in Frank revealing a strategy to ensure citizens can vote, as Scott Walker and Republicans work diligently to stop voters.
"Photo IDs issued by the Department of Veteran Affairs ... are not acceptable photo ID for voting purposes," is language no longer on the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board Voter Photo ID Law-Frequently Asked Questions informational site, though this language was displayed in September 2011 (Mal Contends).
Another case against Wisconsin voter obstruction laws, One Wisconsin Institute v. Nichol, continues in the Western District of Wisconsin. The complaint was filed in May 2015.