Tuesday, March 6, 2012

State Judge Temporarily Halts Wisconsin Voter ID Law From Implementation For Presidential Primary Election

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Voter ID can't be implemented for the Presidential Primary Election in April.

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 6, 2012

Madison - On Tuesday, Wisconsin Dane County Judge David Flanagan decided to grant a temporary injunction halting any implementation of the Voter ID law for April 3 Presidential Primary election. A hearing to continue the injunction will be held on April 16, according to Judge Flanagan. Judge Flanagan found that at least 220,000 low income voting-age citizens could be prevented from voting or acquiring ID's due to an economic hardship that would make it difficult for citizens to get birth certificates. The average cost of a birth certificate is between $10 to $40 each in the state.
The lawsuit was filed by NAACP and Voces de la Frontera, a workers and immigrant rights non-profit organization from Milwaukee. The plaintiff's claimed that the Voter ID law prevents Wisconsin voting age citizens from voting who can't afford an ID, which many low income citizens can't afford to get a birth certificate as required by law to get a state ID.

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