Wisconsin Voter ID Ruled Unconstitutional, An NAACP Victory
This is a victory for the NAACP. On Tuesday, Federal Judge Lynn Adelman struck down Wisconsin's Voter Identification law citing the voter ID requirement violated the Voting Rights Act and issued an injunction to block enforcement of the law.
In 2012, the Milwaukee NAACP won a lawsuit to block Act 23--the strictest voter ID law in the country--in Circuit Court. The federal challenge combined two separate cases.
Jotaka L. Eaddy, NAACP Senior Advisor to the President and CEO/Senior Director, Voting Rights:
This ruling reiterates what we all know—that Voter Photo ID laws present an undue burden to voters. This Court recognized that unnecessary barriers to the ballot box are counter to the principle this nation holds most dear—that all citizens should have free and unfettered access to the ballot box. The NAACP will continue to work to ensure that we protect and expand the integrity of democracy in our nation.
Battles over voting rights laws continue in 12 other states with at least one more voter ID court ruling expected before November.