Wisconsin judge blocks GOP voter-suppression scheme
All over the country these days, Republican efforts to guard against the wrong people voting in elections — like minorities and college students and other undesirables — are taking the form of all manner of new laws and restrictions.
The supposed justification for these voter-suppression measures is the claim that voter fraud is rampant. The truth, however, is that such fraud is as rare as hen’s teeth, as we see HERE. Indeed, most of the people hauled off to the pokey for voter fraud in recent years have been Republicans — like the secretary of state in Indiana, who was convicted just last month on six felony counts.
Meanwhile, the nefarious new laws are being challenged in various federal and state courts. And now, a state judge in Wisconsin has put a TEMPORARY HOLD on a Republican scheme that amounts to a latter-day version of the poll taxes that were common in the South in the Jim Crow era:
A Dane County judge has granted a temporary injunction against Wisconsin’s new voter identification law, which he called “the single most restrictive voter eligibility law” in the country.
Circuit Judge David Flanagan’s ruling Tuesday means the voter ID requirement would not apply for the April 3 presidential primary and local general election.
A spokesman for Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said the state likely would appeal, and other state election officials pointed out that other aspects of the law will remain in effect, such as having to sign a poll list.
The NAACP’s Milwaukee branch and immigration and worker rights group Voces de la Frontera had sued over the law last year. A trial on whether to grant a permanent injunction is scheduled for April 16.
In granting the injunction, Flanagan found that the plaintiffs likely would succeed at trial and would suffer irreparable harm without the court’s inter vention.