A federal judge struck down a Wisconsin voter ID law that required voters to “overcome large obstacles to obtain a photo ID to be able to vote” as unconstitutional.
“It is likely that a substantial number of the 300,000-plus voters who lack a qualifying ID will be deterred from voting,” U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman wrote in his opinion Tuesday. He says the law “unduly targets minority voters.”
Judge Adelman also ruled that Wisconsin didn’t make a compelling case that voter fraud exists.
“The evidence at trial established that virtually no voter impersonation occurs in Wisconsin,” he wrote. “The defendants could not point to a single instance of known voter impersonation occurring in Wisconsin at any time in the recent past.”
Democrats and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) hail the ruling.
“This is a warning to other states that are trying to make it harder for citizens to vote,” says Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. “This decision put them on notice that they can’t tamper with citizens’ fundamental right to cast a ballot. The people, and our democracy, deserve and demand better.”
This decision is expected to be appealed, of course.