The League of Women Voters is very disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court will not consider the Wisconsin voter ID case, because it is a matter of national importance. Moreover we are shocked that the Court would announce this so close to a very important election. We hope the Court will grant the plaintiffs' request for an emergency stay of the law through this election, as they did for the November 2014 election.
This announcement causes confusion for voters and election officials alike. Clerks have already mailed out thousands of absentee ballots to voters without instructions for how to comply with the law. There is a serious risk that many votes will not be counted.
More and more states are passing strict voter ID laws, and we have all heard the stories of good citizens who have run into problems because they don’t possess an acceptable, government-issued ID. The problem with our elections is that not enough people vote in them. The last thing we need is laws that erect barriers for people who have been good voters for decades.
Is the voter ID law in effect for the April 7 election? Because the U.S. Supreme Court did not accept the case, the 7th Circuit Appeals Court ruling upholding the law stands -- unless implementation is blocked through the election by an emergency ruling. The Government Accountability Board is awaiting direction from the Wisconsin Department of Justice about implementation. Stay tuned for updates.