Breaking: Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law Is Unconstitutional
I’m just going
through the lengthy decision now, and I’ll have more details about Adelman’s
argument in a bit.
That said, Republican
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen already released a statement saying that he
would appeal the decision.
Why not? The
Republicans can only gain from an appeal. Worst-case scenario they will lose
again. Best case: they win and can suppress the vote this fall.
questions: Will Adelman’s decision set a precedent for other challenges around
the country? If this ends up in the U.S. Supreme Court, will the conservative
majority continue to whittle away at voter protections?
And, one that’s
closer to home: Will Republican Gov. Scott Walker call a special session of the
Legislature so that the GOP leadership can ram through another voter ID law,
one that still suppresses the vote but somehow manages to comply with Adelman’s
decision? Remember: Walker won’t benefit from the massive gerrymandering in
Wisconsin, because he’s running a statewide campaign. He increases his odds of
winning if he can make voting difficult for students, minority voters, seniors
and irregular voters.