In Wisconsin today, a judge overturned that state's new voter ID law is unconstitutional. Now it is important to note that that is under the Wisconsin constitution. Still, the force and energy of the ruling and its operative language tweeted by the Nation's Washington Editor John Nichols, speaks to the risks of voter suppression in attempting to correct the nearly non-existent threat of voter fraud. Wisconsin's law has been fraught with other problems including a decision by the state to try and not tell voters they could request a free ID to the lack of accessibility of some places to get the ID to documentation requirements some American citizens may be unable to meet. Voter ID's have been ruled constitutional by the US Supreme Court, but they cannot impose any cost to voters in keeping with Constitutional prohibitions against poll taxes. Wisconsin officials are likely to appeal the ruling and given the circus last year with the collective bargaining law, one would be wise to not assume this ruling will stand, however important it may be.
WI Judge's remarkable decision declares extreme VOTER ID law "sows the seeds for (state government's) demise as a democratic institution."— John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) March 12, 2012
Nichols also tweeted about the Justice Department's decision to block the Texas voter ID act. Between the succinct capture of the Wisconsin judge ruling and for noting the critical importance of both these events, Nichols wins this week's tweet prize.
BIG, BIG DAY FOR DEMOCRACY! US Justice Department rejects TEXAS VOTER ID law. Judge rules WISCONSIN VOTER ID law UNCONSTITUTIONAL.— John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) March 12, 2012