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Three-Judge Panel Rejects Gov. Walker and Republicans’ Latest Efforts to Keep Anti-Voter Measures in Place for November Election

Huge Victory for Wisconsin Voters as District Court Ruling Striking Down Restrictions on Early Voting Stands

By - Aug 22nd, 2016 04:43 pm
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MADISON, Wis. — A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Federal Court of Appeals has denied Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel’s request to keep a host of anti-voter laws passed by Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature in place for the November 2016 election.

Today’s ruling means the earlier decision of Federal District Court Judge James Peterson invalidating numerous laws enacted on Walker’s watch, including restrictions on early voting, stands.

The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Institute Executive Director Scot Ross:

“Judge Peterson’s ruling was a victory for the rights of Wisconsin voters and a clear repudiation of the five-year crusade of Gov. Walker and the Republican legislature to make it harder for Democrats to vote and easier for Republicans to cheat.

“A panel of three judges, appointed by Republican presidents, today rejected the latest efforts of Gov. Walker and Attorney General Brad Schimel to keep in place laws for the November 2016 election that Judge Peterson found ran afoul of the Constitution and were enacted for partisan gain.

“This is a huge victory for Wisconsin voters. We hope municipalities across the state will quickly move forward in offering expanded in-person absentee voting hours to ensure all Wisconsinites are able to exercise their right to vote.”

One Wisconsin Institute is a non-partisan, progressive research and education organization dedicated to a Wisconsin with equal economic opportunity for all.

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4 thoughts on “Three-Judge Panel Rejects Gov. Walker and Republicans’ Latest Efforts to Keep Anti-Voter Measures in Place for November Election”

  1. concerned about fair elections says:

    “Judge Peterson’s ruling was a victory for the rights of Wisconsin voters and a clear repudiation of the five-year crusade of Gov. Walker and the Republican legislature to make it harder for Democrats to vote and easier for Republicans to cheat.”
    Written by a true liberal who thinks only Republicans cheat and can’t see the truth about voting in this state. What is wrong with a voter Picture ID to make sure the person voting is who they say they are? And don’t give me the excuse “they can’t get the ID.” That’s been proven wrong already. Anyone who shops at Costco or Sam’s club can get a picture ID to shop there. You can’t get in without one or buy anything without one. Thousands of Milwaukee-ans have these. PLAN AHEAD and you can get one. Those new freshmen coming to state colleges can get the proper ID well before the election, all they have to do is stop playing video games for an hour and get one. Nothing but lame excuses from the biggest election cheats and frauds ever: liberal/Democrats

  2. time for justice says:

    A 3 judge panel of Federal judges appointed by whom? Obama? Just another case for how important it is to select judges who can actually be partial and not partisan. Another law being subjected to rule of 3 people and not elected officials by the people of the state. Just like busing and abortion: neither one was voted on by anybody in this country. These “laws” were put in place by the Supreme Court. Name me one person in this country that voted for an elected official that put those 2 laws on our books.

  3. Dave Reid says:

    @time for justice “A panel of three judges, appointed by Republican presidents”

  4. Vincent Hanna says:

    A new voter fraud investigation: “The analysis found only 10 cases of voter impersonation (over a 12-year span), the only kind of fraud that could be prevented by voter ID at the polls.” http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/nation/2016/08/23/investigation-finds-little-evidence-voter-fraud-key-voter-id-states/89210620/

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