Thursday, September 1, 2011

Wisconsin State Bar's Civil Rights Section Requests AG Holder to Monitor Voter ID Bill

State Bar asks AG to monitor voter ID law. (Wisconsin Law Journal, 8/31/2011)

Excerpt: The Wisconsin State Bar civil rights section’s chairwoman wants the U.S. Department of Justice to review the state’s new voter photo identification law and monitor its implementation.

In an Aug. 26 letter to Attorney General Eric Holder released Wednesday, Sally Stix said the law could potentially suppress the vote of thousands of Wisconsin residents without solving any voter fraud problems.

She wants the Justice Department to review the Legislature’s process as it adopted the law to determine whether lawmakers had any unlawful intent. She also wants the agency to ensure the law doesn’t violate any federal civil rights or voting rights statutes.

The letter includes a disclaimer saying the bar’s board of governors hasn’t approved the views expressed in the letter

Related posts:
League of Women Voters challenges voter ID law as unconstitutional.  (8/22/2011)
Wisconsin Legislative Council information memorandum:  Voter ID requirements.  (7/15/2011)

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