American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin
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ACLU Responds to Voting Rights Appeal

Wisconsin state officials today appealed the April 29 federal court ruling that struck down the state's voter ID law as unconstitutional and in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA).

By - May 12th, 2014 05:59 pm

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Wisconsin state officials today appealed the April 29 federal court ruling that struck down the state’s voter ID law as unconstitutional and in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). The ACLU had challenged the law on behalf of numerous Wisconsin voters, charging the measure violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection clause and the VRA. The ACLU argued the case at trial in November.

Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, responded to today’s appeal, saying:

“State officials are shamefully trying to resuscitate an unconstitutional law that makes it harder for citizens to vote. Unlike Governor Scott Walker‘s administration, we believe voters have the right to choose their elected officials, not the other way around.”

Karyn Rotker, ACLU of Wisconsin senior staff attorney, added: “The federal court was right to strike down this discriminatory law. It’s too bad that some politicians seem fixated on depriving Wisconsinites of their right to vote once again.”

More information about this case is available at: https://www.aclu.org/voting-rights/frank-v-walker-fighting-voter-suppression-wisconsin.

The ACLU of Wisconsin is a non-profit, non-partisan, private organization whose 7,000 members support its efforts to defend the civil rights and liberties of all Wisconsin residents. For more on the ACLU of Wisconsin, visit our website, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @ACLUofWisconsin and @ACLUMadison.

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