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  •  I'll give it a shot. (6+ / 0-)

    I am not a lawyer, and the GAB info isn't all that clear (and some of their links seem to go nowhere).

    There are several suits against the ID portion. The two that are most relevant are working their way through state courts, and I think there are some that are going through federal courts (I haven't heard anything about them in a while; some may have been combined, and some may have been dropped). In two different suits, back in late winter lower-court judges put stays on the voter ID portion, both based on protections in the Wisconsin constitution, which goes further in protecting voting rights than does the US constitution. The state appealed directly to the state supreme court in the hopes of speeding up a final decision, but the supremes actually declined to take it up and said the suit should go through the usual appeal channels. It's possible that the next court could take it up in time for November, but it sounds as though that's not likely.

    Apparently you can still get a free ID the DMV for voting purposes, although you still have to jump through all the hoops that have made the ID requirement unconstitutional to begin with.

    One reason I think the right isn't harping on the court cases as much as might be expected is that there's a lot of confusion about what's going on, and they're happy to have people confused. Poll workers were trained during the fall and winter on dealing with voter ID, since it was in place for the February local primaries, and it sounds like a lot of people didn't get the message that it's actually not required. There were a number of reports around the state on June 5 of poll workers telling registered voters that they had to have ID, and turning people away from the polls, and who knows how many people didn't vote because of that.

    The legislation that included voter ID (2011 Act 23) had other voter suppression provisions that are still in place, though. The residency requirement used to be 10 days, and now it's 28 (that tripped up some students for the recall); and the early voting period was shortened to only about two weeks, and it's no longer available the Saturday or Sunday before election day. Those are the two big ones that I can think of.

    "I kept the faith and I kept voting Not for the iron fist but for the helping hand For theirs is a land with a wall around it And mine is a faith in my fellow man." -- Billy Bragg

    by kideni on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 11:12:54 AM PDT

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