Wisconsin residents without ID can vote in November, judge rules

by Associated Press | FOXNews.com  |  published on July 20, 2016

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin residents who can’t obtain photo identification will still be able to vote in November’s general election, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, carving out an exception to state law that requires all voters to show photo IDs at the polls.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman in Milwaukee issued a preliminary injunction that allows people who haven’t been able to obtain IDs to vote in the Nov. 8 election if they sign an affidavit explaining why they couldn’t get identification. But the judge declined to make that option available for the Aug. 9 primary, saying state election officials don’t have enough time to prepare for it,
“Although most voters in Wisconsin either possess qualifying ID or can easily obtain one, a safety net is needed for those voters who can’t obtain qualifying ID with reasonable effort,” Adelman wrote. “The … affidavit option is a sensible approach that will both prevent the disenfranchisement of some voters during the pendency of this litigation and preserve Wisconsin’s interests in protecting the integrity of its elections.”

Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel, whose state Justice Department is defending the photo ID mandate, said in a statement that the agency was disappointed with the injunction. He didn’t commit to asking for the ruling to be put on hold, however, saying he would decide what to do next after agency attorneys analyze the decision.

The injunction marks another chapter in a long-running fight over Wisconsin’s voter photo ID law. Republican lawmakers put the mandate in place in 2011, contending it would combat voter fraud, even though nothing suggests widespread voter fraud exists in the state. Democrats decried the requirement as an attempt to disenfranchise liberal-leaning voters such as minorities who are more likely to lack IDs.

  • setemfree

    This is Democrat FRAUD.

  • I Seigel

    If not a judge in Wisconsin then somewhere else just ruled the other day that 3 – THREE – documented cases of voter irregularities happened in the past 18 years. These attempts to restrict voting are transparent and blatant attempts to steal elections and cost state taxpayers plenty of wasted money, not to mention the time spent by legislators to pass these bogus laws rather than generating jobs bills and making sure their schools have proper funding.

    • Bill Hartman

      Nonsense. A number of precincts in Ohio in the last presidential election counted more votes than the number of registered voters. Electronic machines. How the *blank* can a judge rule that there have been only 3 documented cases in the last 15 years? How could he have such nationwide evidence to make such an absurd statement? Cross-checking of voter lists within and between states always finds some voting twice.

      If you really believe that minorities (other than illegal aliens who have no vote) do not have IDs — are you so racist to think that Blacks are too stupid to get an ID? Are you showing your KKK Democrat roots?

  • Lorraine E

    Mayor Richard Daily used to say vote early and often. That was back in the 1950’s and democrats did follow his advice. Today things have become exponentially more corrupt with people voting often, no IDs needed, dead people voting, cartoon characters voting, more people voting than living in the precincts, illegal aliens voting, votes being changed by the polling machines, electronic manipulation of the votes, voter harassment at the polls, and always finding an excuse to not count the votes of our Best and Bravest military men and women. Our voting process is a National Disgrace and Nothing is ever done to correct the corruption. Why? Because the system is rigged to put whoever the controllers want in office.
    After the elections I’ll bet that the liars in the corporate press report that hillary Benghazi clinton wins with 125% of the votes.

  • The Redhawk

    HERE we GO… Death Certificates and Illegal votes will elect KILLERY ….Thanks JUDGE!! you MORON!!!

  • Rodney Steward

    Well here’s where the voter fraud starts, right in the middle of union town America! Why not use their ID they have to show to get food stamps, or to get into a union meeting, buy a car tag, U know, everyday stuff, but for some reason these socialist judges don’t think that these fools being bused around all over the state and vote at every stop don’t need to show their ID that they do have! I know there’s a lot of dumba$$ that live there but this is not the 1800’s anymore!

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    • Retired

      Milwaukee is run by Democrats and blacks.

      • Rodney Steward

        And muslims that are pouring in!!

  • Luke

    How do you maintain integrity of the election when you have no idea who is voting?
    People, they believe you’re stupid and I believe it as well..
    Who the hell does this one activist judge think they are to overrule the people?
    When will we learn????

    • kbfallon

      Its damn near impossible to not be able to obtain id…unless you are ILLEGAL!

      • Luke

        True, they can drag themselves down to multiple voting precincts but can’t go to the courthouse and get an ID..

    • Lawrence Curran

      They have since 2011 to get ID . You need ID to do any thing now days cash check buy car, major appliances etc. So I say BS get a ID or no vote can not tell who you are with out it.

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