04/29/2014: U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman Ruled that the State’s Voter ID Law Violates the Constitutional Rights of Minority and Low-Income Voters

The decision reads, in part:

“The reason blacks and Latinos are disproportionately likely to live in poverty, and therefore to lack a qualifying ID, is because they have suffered from, and continue to suffer from, the effects of discrimination….                                                                                                                                                                                                          The socioeconomic disparities between whites and minorities in Wisconsin are also traceable to the effects of discrimination in employment…. [Wisconsin’s voter ID law] only tenuously serves the state’s interest in preventing voter fraud and protecting the integrity of the electoral process, and therefore the state’s interests do not justify the discriminatory result.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Accordingly, the photo ID requirement results in the denial or abridgment of the right of Black and Latino citizens to vote on account of race or color.”

Read the original article in Mother Jones…


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