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Tue Jul 19, 2016, 07:21 PM Jul 2016

Federal Judge Strikes A Critical Blow Against Wisconsinís Voter Suppression Law [View all]

Source: Think Progress

On Tuesday, a federal judge in Wisconsin handed down a decision that will drastically weaken that state’s voter ID law, an increasingly common method of voter suppression that is often favored by conservatives because it effectively shifts the electorate rightward. Although the decision leaves the law in place, it permits voters who are unable to obtain an ID to sign an affidavit at the polls testifying to that inability and to receive a ballot.

Notably, Judge Lynn Adelman’s decision provides that “any voter who completes and submits an affidavit shall receive a regular ballot, even if that voter does not show acceptable photo identification” and that “no person may challenge the sufficiency of the reason given by the voter for failing to obtain ID.” Thus, the state will not be able to prevent voters from casting a ballot by claiming that an individual voter is able to obtain an ID through reasonable efforts.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2016/07/19/3799982/federal-judge-strikes-critical-blow-wisconsins-voter-suppression-law/

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