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Federal Judge: Wisconsin Shows ‘Disturbing Pattern’ of Failing to Provide Access to the Ballot
10/21/16 |
Publication Date: 
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 16:00

Nine percent of Wisconsin’s registered voters—300,000 people—do not have one of the few acceptable forms of strict voter ID required to vote, according to the state’s own analysis. These citizens are relying on the state’s promise of free and readily accessible voter IDs to exercise their right to vote. Early voting has already begun in Milwaukee, Madison, and elsewhere in the state.

On September 29, reporting from both VoteRiders and Ari Berman of The Nation revealed that Wisconsin failed to live up to its promises....[O]nly 3 of the 10 DMVs surveilled by VoteRiders told applicants that they would receive voter IDs within a week or less. On-the-ground investigations found that Wisconsin’s DMVs continued to require applicants to present hard-to-acquire documentation, such as birth certificates. ...

U.S. District Judge James Peterson ordered the state to...implement several changes, or “improvements,” to the law...[including] to provide follow-up training and competency checks for its DMV workers and to dedicate additional resources to funding a public information campaign about the state’s voter ID law. This is to ensure that people are informed about the availability of IDs even if they do not have birth certificates or other hard-to-obtain documents. Additionally, the state will report to the court on its administration of the voter ID law every Friday from now until the election.

Federal appeals court: Right to vote constitutionally protected - legal reasoning behind its decision earlier this month that allowed thousands of Kansas residents to register to vote
10/20/16 |
Publication Date: 
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 06:00

A federal appeals court laid out on Wednesday the legal reasoning behind its decision earlier this month that allowed thousands of Kansas residents to register to vote without providing documents proving their U.S. citizenship.

The 85-page opinion from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals came a day after voter registration closed in Kansas for the November election. The appeals court had earlier this month upheld a preliminary injunction that forced Kansas to register people who filled out voter applications at motor vehicle offices.

“There can be no dispute that the right to vote is a constitutionally protected fundamental right,” the appeals court wrote.

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