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Today in voter suppression

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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby snoqueen » Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:35 pm

Watch our supremes spring into action, take over this case, and throw out the ruling forthwith.

Just watch.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:44 pm

That's why cases in federal court are so important, since the Wisconsin Supreme Cout can't rule on federal decisions.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:54 pm

Here is an example of a federal constitutional violation, as the cost incurred to get an approved voter ID amounts to a poll tax.

Of 40 affidavits submitted to the court about the process of getting an ID card, 19 said they paid between $14 and $39.50 to obtain a certified birth certificate from Wisconsin and elsewhere.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:24 pm

A separate lawsuit over voter ID is proceeding to trial.

A Dane County judge has ruled the League of Women Voters' lawsuit challenging the state voter identification law can proceed and that Gov. Scott Walker is a proper defendant.

Lawyers for Walker and the Government Accountability Board argued League president Melanie Ramey isn't directly affected by the law and has no legal standing.

Circuit Judge Richard Niess disagrees. He ruled that whether Ramey was affected or not was beside the point because the photo ID requirement creates an extra impediment to voting that's not included in the state Constitution.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:24 pm

Well, I didn't take long: Attorney General To Appeal Voter ID Ruling

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Wednesday he will move quickly to bring the ruling before an appellate court. He said he is confident the law will be upheld.


The state GOP also got their licks in:
The Republican Party of Wisconsin has also filed a formal complaint with the state's Judicial Commission to investigate Flanagan for signing a petition in November to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker. They said Flanagan failed to maintain impartiality.


Has the Judicial Commission investigated Gableman yet?
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby snoqueen » Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:13 pm

Would it be too much to ask them to investigate complaints in the order received?
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:37 pm

Judge Delays Making Ruling In Voter ID Lawsuit

A judge said on Friday that he will decide next week whether to permanently block the state's voter identification law.

Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess' announcement at a hearing comes days after a different judge in a separate case granted a temporary injunction to stop the law, which requires photo identification at the polls.
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This is one of multiple lawsuits related to the voter ID law. This suit argues constitutionality on the qualification issue while others are challenging the effects of the law or how easy it is for people to get IDs.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:37 pm

Justice Dept. blocks Texas voter ID law over Hispanic impact

While the above does not apply to Wisconsin (since the federal voter rights law only affects Southern states that had used Jim Crow to deny voting rights), a similar argument is now in front of Wisconsin's courts.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby jman111 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:47 pm

WI voter ID law ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/ ... 963f4.html
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby lukpac » Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:16 pm

Damn those activist judges...

In a statement, Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said requiring photo ID to vote was a key way to protect the integrity of elections.

"It's a shame activist Dane County judges continue to stand in the way of common sense," his statement said.

But in his ruling, the judge said an opposite ruling would amount to judicial activism.

"Because the Wisconsin Constitution is the people's bulwark against government overreach, courts must reject every opportunity to contort its language into implicitly providing what it explicitly does not: license to enact laws that, for any citizen, cancel or substantially burden a constitutionally guaranteed sacred right, such as the right to vote," he wrote. "Otherwise we stray into judicial activism at its most insidious. Our constitution is a line in the sand drawn by the sovereign authority in this state - the people of Wisconsin - that the Legislature, governor, and the courts may not cross, particularly under the all-too-convenient guise of strained construction and attenuated inference."


http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolit ... 07425.html
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Woofer » Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:19 pm

A more constructionist decision could not have been written, and yet all the folks who live and die by a strict constructionalist reading of our state (or the federal) Constitution will still decry this decision and call this judge, inexplicably, "an activist."
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby jman111 » Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:14 pm

A quote from esteemed Marquette University Law Professor Rick Essenberg regarding voter ID:
Why should a court tell the legislature and the governor that this is a law they can't have?

Um, Rick, isn't that the function of the judiciary?
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby lukpac » Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:12 pm

jman111 wrote:A quote from esteemed Marquette University Law Professor Rick Essenberg regarding voter ID:
Why should a court tell the legislature and the governor that this is a law they can't have?

Um, Rick, isn't that the function of the judiciary?


Depends who you ask:

Hey, Muttmutt ... at least Essneberg has a functioning brain, which is more than I can say for those two legally ignorant, partisan, Demoncrap hacks in Dane County. Pretty much of the same character as the Demoncrap Senators!
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby snoqueen » Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:51 pm

Van Hollen appeals both Dane County judges' voter ID cases, to two different courts of appeal, on their way to the state supreme court:

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/142829555.html
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Justus in the Forest » Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:36 pm

Maybe the law school Essenberg attended didn't offer courses in US (or state) constitutional law, or else it did but as an elective and Essenberg chose not to take it.
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