League of Women Voters Says Voter ID Law Unconstitutional
The organization filed suit in Dane County Circuit Court on Oct. 20.
When Governor Scott Walker signed the Voter ID bill into law, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin says he essentially created another class of citizen - ones who cannot vote - and that is unconstitutional.
According to a story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the League filed suit against the state on Thurs., Oct. 20, that alleges the Voter ID bill is unconstitutional. The state constitution currently allows lawmakers to exclude convicted felons and those deemed incompetent from casting votes.
The law will go into effect in February after being passed last spring.
To vote, citizens must show a government issued or approved photo identification. A driver's license, state, military, tribal or college ID, passport, or a naturalization certificate. The problem, the suit says, is that even if the state waives the $28 fee for the ID, so much documentation is required to get that far, people have already come out of pocket. Birth certificates, for example, cost about $20 and replacing a lost state ID that was originally free can go for $16.
Walker has issued a statement, saying the photo ID requirement is just common sense.
"We require it to get a library card, cold medicine, and public assistance. I will continue to implement common sense reforms that protect the electoral process and increases citizens’ confidence in the results of our elections," he said in the statement. "Ensuring the integrity of our elections is one of the core functions of government. Photo ID moves Wisconsin forward."