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Ugh!  We thought we were done with worrying about photo ID being required for our November elections, but the GOP is still at it.

Our voter ID law, rammed though our Republican dominated legislature, was immediately challenged in the courts.  There are 2 cases in the state, one brought by the League of Women Voters and the other by the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera, have resulted in injunctions against implementation of the state-authorized photo ID requirement (the other parts of the voter suppression law - like having all voters sign the poll book - are still in place).

Following the injunctions and in hopes that the voter suppression law would aid the GOP in the February Presidential primary and June recall elections, Republican Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen asked our 4:3 RW dominated State Supreme Court to rule on the case.  They declined to hear it at the time.

Today, he has repeated his request to the State Supreme Court.

State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is once again asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to step in and review rulings by two judges striking down the state's voter ID law and to do so in time for the November presidential election.

The photo identification law was not in place for the June 5 recall election for Gov. Scott Walker because two judges in Dane County each separately ruled the law was unconstitutional because, as one judge said, it created a "substantial impairment of the right to vote" guaranteed by the state constitution.

Yes, our State Constitution guarentees our right to vote.
"No quarter has been given in defending voter ID," Van Hollen said in a statement. "People in this state are very frustrated that a common sense law enacted by the Legislature and signed by the governor has been blocked."
Seriously, nobody but Republicans are frustrated about photo ID being asked of them.  In fact, people are only frustrated and about why they're now being required to sign the poll book before getting their ballot as required by the new law.  That process only serves to create longer lines in polling places - its likely intention to further make voting difficult.
To get the law reinstated, voter ID supporters need to get both orders lifted. Accomplishing that in two separate appeals courts before November is unlikely.

In March, following the Dane County judges' rulings, Van Hollen asked that a court of appeals consider both cases to get a quick resolution to them in time for the June recall. The appeals court sent the issue on to the Supreme Court, which declined the next month to take it up.

Of course, back in March the State Supreme court was much in the news regarding the Justice David Prosser ethics complaint about his repeated unprofessional behavior and attempted choking of fellow Justice Ann Bradley.  Perhaps the RW majority decided they needed to reduce the amount of time they spent in the media spotlight which highlighted the political extremism of several members of the states high court.

Now, of course, David Prosser has nearly succeeded in his demands that his fellow Justices recuse themselves from hearing his ethics case and the complaint will likely die for lack of a hearing.  This makes it more politically possible (State Supreme Court Justices run for office) for the State Supremes to withstand another bout of public scrutiny and outrage if they decide to reverse themselves and hear the Voter ID case.

Outside of his GOP agenda, Van Hollen has a personal, political motive for once again pushing for photo ID:

Van Hollen is himself the campaign co-chairman for former GOP Gov. Tommy Thompson, who is running against Democrat and U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin in the U.S. Senate race in November.

That's right.  Tommy Thompson, along with Mitt Romney, would be a direct beneficiary of any effort to keep poor people, minorities, and anyone likely to vote for Democrats from getting their hands on a ballot.  Ditto all the GOP State Senate and State Assembly candidates who are trying to retain their massive Assembly majority and regain Republican control over the State Senate.  J. B. Van Hollen would be a Republican hero with future political favors owed to him from them all.

Voter ID and other voter suppression tactics are a solution in search of a problem.  Despite the whining and pearl clutching of the GOP, voter fraud is extremely rare.  It's only use is preventing the right to vote of those who either can't afford or can't obtain the necessary documents to obtain the state-authorized ID as well as those who can't get to the DMV facilities that issue them.  

Republicans just love to talk about freedom and demcracy, but work hard to take those away at every opportunity.  Our right to vote is guarenteed and the ALEC inspired attempts to take them away need to be fought wherever they rear their ugly heads.

Update:  Democratic Response Edution:  The following is the response from Mike Tate, Chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party to Van Hollens attempt to end the injunctions:

“This deeply flawed legislation has already, correctly, been halted by two Wisconsin courts.

“We’ve held four clean, successful state-wide elections since this law was halted; for Van Hollen to now brazenly attempt to circumvent the role of the Court of Appeals reeks of partisanship.

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“Put simply, this law would disenfranchise seniors, veterans, students and people from all walks of life across Wisconsin.

“Regardless of whether you are a Republican, Democrat or independent, everyone can agree that we shouldn't play politics with something as important as voting -- every eligible voter deserves to have the opportunity to make their voice heard at the ballot box.

“Inside of 80 days until November 6th, and roughly 65 days before early voting, Wisconsin voters, and the dedicated clerks and election officials who conduct our elections fairly, deserve certainty that this requirement will not be in place for November 6th -- and will work its way through the courts according to standard practice.”

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Originally posted to Puddytat on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive and ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement.

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  •  Tips for Voting (43+ / 0-)

    Republicans bragged about the elections in Iraq.  If people there didn't have hurdles in exercising their right to vote, why do we?

    Voting = Democracy

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:31:50 AM PDT

  •  Tipped and rec'd (9+ / 0-)

    Obama needs to start devoting some resources to Wisconsin.   PPP is showing Wisconsin as a Toss-Up state, and I am sure that Tammy Baldwin also needs resources to help battle against Tomym Thompson.

    And we also need to spread word of the GOP's continuing tactics to suppress the people's right to vote and let it be know that the Republicans are the only ones who are trying to stop people from voting.

  •  And here is the perfect (7+ / 0-)

    argument, in a nutshell:

    We’ve held four clean, successful state-wide elections since this law was halted . . . .Inside of 80 days until November 6th, and roughly 65 days before early voting, Wisconsin voters, and the dedicated clerks and election officials who conduct our elections fairly, deserve certainty that this requirement will not be in place for November 6th -- and will work its way through the courts according to standard practice.
    Excellent job, Dems.  

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:48:51 AM PDT

  •  Next time he is up for re-election (2+ / 0-)
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    Who will we run? I hope it is someone who can beat him.

    RIP Will Beinlich 1993-2011 (Just 1 more game, please....)

    by Sark Svemes on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 12:28:35 PM PDT

    •  Van Hollen was the AG during the (3+ / 0-)
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      Ice Blue, myboo, peptabysmal

      last Democratic election, too.  He's been presenting himself as a moderate, hard working non-Republican.  The more he keeps showing his Republican actions, the more het he's going to face at the polls.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 12:39:36 PM PDT

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  •  That shit will be fast tracked too-no doubt. (1+ / 0-)
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    Puddytat

    When they announced a stay, everyone was excited-but me... all saying 'ID's wont be necessary in Nov.'. didn't get my hopes up. I really want to be wrong- hope I still am.

    Bet he 'finds' a bonus offshore.

    Those scumbags thrive on the confusion over this.

  •  I'm glad you wrote this diary, Puddy. (3+ / 0-)
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    Puddytat, rosarugosa, myboo

    I saw Rachel's tweet this morning at about 10:30 but I was just too busy to draft a diary.  Besides, I knew you'd do a better job than me.

    (My house has a terrible flea infestation right now and I'm trying to kill them off with food grade diatomaceous earth.  It's a real bitch, but it seems to be working, albeit slowly.)  

    Never meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer.--Bruce Graham

    by Ice Blue on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 12:31:08 PM PDT

    •  Sorry about the fleas (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't twitter or facebook, but got angry when I saw the article.

      You might want to think of a cedar based (natural) product for the fleas or use a sonic or electronic pest repeller unless you have rodents as pets.

      Good luck on the infestation.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 12:36:23 PM PDT

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  •  Minority groups must get out the vote… (3+ / 0-)
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    The students in Madison and minorities in Milwaukee voting en masse will be the keys to a possible Baldwin US Senate win in November.  Any significant mobilization of these groups may spell defeat for Thompson in this race.  The ID voter law implementation will go far in suppressing these groups.

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court will look completely partisan if they stay the injunctions at this point and not let the matters go to the state Courts of Appeals in Dane and Waukesha counties.

    Check out the reasoning of the Attorney General in both of these cases.  We are doing the minorities a disservice by not enacting all provisions of the Voter ID law immediately.  Again, we are saving them from themselves.

    League of Women Voters

    NAACP/Voces

    (Puddycat, how did we get in Sensenbrenner territory?  Eweeee…I feel like I am from Waukesha… )

    •  Our Congresscritter (3+ / 0-)
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      Fat Bastard, is a plague.  His district has been gerrymandered for decades to keep his butt in Washington.  Since most of his district is in Waukesah, he'll be incredibly hard to boot from office.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 01:36:27 PM PDT

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      •  If Sensenbrenner retires in 2014... (0+ / 0-)

        ...which I've heard rumors that Sensenbrenner might actually do so, the only chance Democrats have of picking up WI-5 is if Kathy Nickolaus somehow wins the Republican nomination. The chance of that happening is very slim.

        Joe Lieberman, Mike Madigan, Andrew Cuomo, and Tim Cullen...why are they Democrats?

        by DownstateDemocrat on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 12:20:06 PM PDT

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    •  WI Supreme Court is so not concerned if they (3+ / 0-)
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      look completely partisan.  It made me chortle that you thought they might be, but no, unfortunately that ship has sailed long ago.

      Walker, your pink slip is coming, unless the orange jumpsuit gets you first.

      by non acquiescer on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 04:11:17 PM PDT

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      •  Lovely precedent (2+ / 0-)
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        If the Legislature decides that they need to murder random people and use their blood as ink in passing a law, the law is incontestable on that basis.  Because the process of passing and publishing legislation is not bound by law.

        According to the reasoning used by this WisSC to uphold Act 10, that is.

        Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

        by GeoffT on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 07:27:11 PM PDT

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  •  This is unfair to students and anyone who rents (3+ / 0-)
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    because they are the ones who have to keep changing their addresses, thus ID"s. Oh well, I guess they will need a new ID anyway, but I have lived with a different address on my ID back when I lived in apartments and kept moving around to find a cheaper or better apartment.

    •  And it costs to change your (4+ / 0-)

      address on your drivers license, too as well as the costs to get to the DMV during work hours plus being without the pay for the hours you have to sit for your turn for the ID change.

      Thanks for the reminder that it's not just the costs associated with getting the initial ID, but the continuing costs of maintaining it.

      Jim Crow is back.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 01:39:31 PM PDT

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    •  Student IDs will work (0+ / 0-)

      My understanding is that university student IDs with photos on them work under the law.  Its important that we get the word out on that (assuming I am correct).  

      I'm not sure if 2 year Technical College IDs are allowed.

  •  The final word should be... (3+ / 0-)
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    Puddytat, zephyr108, rosarugosa

    If I can show I'm a resident I can vote. There is no section (4)(c) that allows for the exclusion from the right of suffrage for those who don't show the correct form of ID. And this is just why the ID law was overturned.

    Wisconsin Constitution - ARTICLE III.
    SUFFRAGE
    SECTION 1. Every United States citizen age 18 or older who is a resident of an election district in this state is a qualified elector of that district.

    SECTION 2. Laws may be enacted:
    (1) Defining residency.
    (2) Providing for registration of electors.
    (3) Providing for absentee voting.
    (4) Excluding from the right of suffrage persons:
         (a) Convicted of a felony, unless restored to civil rights.
         (b) Adjudged by a court to be incompetent or partially incompetent...

  •  What most have in common on voter ID (3+ / 0-)
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    Why is preventing electors from voting a bad thing?

    Why is allowing people to vote as many times as they like a bad thing?

    The answer to both questions is because then election results will not reflect the will of The People.

    (It's just that it's a legal fact that Act 23 would disenfranchise over 300,000 Wisconsinites and on the other hand prevent so few cases of illegitimate voting that the Walker Administration failed to present any evidence whatsoever - even circumstantial - of a single case of such in either of two different court cases.  And cost millions each year for those keeping track of such things).

    Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

    by GeoffT on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 07:42:07 PM PDT

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