Supreme Court asked to block Wisconsin voter ID Iaw

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WASHINGTON (WITI/AP) — Opponents of Wisconsin's voter identification law are asking the Supreme Court to keep officials from enforcing it in the November election.

Legal papers filed Thursday, October 2nd with the Supreme Court say there's not enough time to implement new ID requirements in the five weeks before the election.

A federal judge struck down the law last spring -- saying it's unconstitutional. A three-judge panel ruling allowed the voter ID requirements to be reinstated. Last week, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago was deadlocked on the issue, voting 5-5 and leaving the law intact.

Opponents of the newly reinstated voter ID law are now taking their fight to the Supreme Court.

"You're gonna have confusion. You're gonna have to chaos -- and the best thing to do is for the Supreme Court to step in and say 'let's take a deep breath here,'" ACLU of Wisconsin Director, Chris Ahmuty said.

The ACLU argues one month isn't enough time for some voters without photo IDs to get one. Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), who supports the law, says she's open to extending hours at DMV locations.

"Let's see how it goes in the next couple of weeks in terms of the demand, and see what we need to do. I think that could be an option if there's a rush on the DMVs," Senator Darling said.

"Let's see how this goes for a couple of weeks?! That's really incredible. The election will practically be here," Ahmuty said.

The Milwaukee Election Commission is preparing for an election in which voter ID is in place.

Milwaukee Election Commission Director Neil Albrecht says the commission will retrain about 2,000 poll workers, and 200 to 300 more that will be hired to make sure everything goes smoothly on November 4th.

"We're actually calling back all those election workers. They all received training for this fall election cycle over the summer. We're calling them all back to provide them information on the photo ID requirement," Albrecht said.

Albrecht says he's surprised the law was reinstated this close to election day, but says he believes his office will be ready.

Supporters of the law are confident the public will be prepared.

"I think people are pretty used to having to use IDs for different things in our world, and I think most people will have them," Senator Darling said.

Albrecht says a couple common concerns are whether voters can use an ID or driver's license with an old address, or if the card is expired.

You can use a card with an old address, and you can use an expired ID - as long as it hasn't been expired for longer than two years.

CLICK HERE for information on acceptable forms of ID for voting

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CLICK HERE for information on voter ID via the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

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  • R

    Boy, liberals just cannot handle legal, constitutional law, legally passed and implemented. The day after finding out Burke is losing they push for more illegal votes. Desperate much?

  • Al P

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. Honest elections are not part of the liberal game plan. Desperation is setting in quickly as the election nears. Please folks the choice is an easy one. Vote for the man who has turned this state around or vote for a Madison school board member. Please don’t tell me she knows how to create jobs either as most of Treks bikes are not made here and the few that are the tubing and components come from overseas.

  • Reagan 84

    Amen R!! Libertards wouldn’t get elected if things were done lawfully. They rely on voter fraud,besides promises of all the free Gov Assistance,free cell phones,free health care,etc etc,, to get their goons in office.

  • diane

    Get over it dems….if u need a photo to buy a anywhere…please…what’sthe problem.? Oh not legal voter …oh silly me..cant vote twice that day..or three times…oh silly me…

    • Ed Zachary

      What’s the problem, you ask? The problem is.. buying alcohol, driving a car, cashing a check…none of those is a US Constitutionally guaranteed RIGHT. Voting IS. Simple enough for you?

  • Chris Multerer

    How hard is it to get a frickin ID card ? Seriously. I bet if one of these objectors won a contest, and an ID was required to claim your prize, they would go to the ends of the earth to get one.
    Chris Ahmuty makes me sick.

  • mee

    If there isn’t voter fraud, why on earth are democrats so opposed to it? You would think, republican or democrat, you would want a fair election. Sorry, there is WAY too much fight in the democrats for this bill, which shouldn’t mean a lot to them. Makes me suspicious.

    How does one get on in life without an ID? (Unless theyre undocumented, and in that case, they arent allowed to vote) I couldn’t even get a library card because my license had my old address on it.

  • soulobigdaddy

    haha, you repubichairs are a joke. You aren’t trying to prevent voter fraud. You’re doing whatever you can to discourage voting by people living in poverty. There’s so few documented cases of voter fraud, it’s a non-issue.

    • JC

      How is getting a FREE ID discouraging people in poverty to vote? If you want to vote go but if you are to lazy or dumb to get an ID maybe you shouldn’t vote.

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