Judge temporarily blocks Wisconsin voter ID law

MADISON, Wisconsin Tue Mar 6, 2012 6:18pm EST

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MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) - A Wisconsin judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked enforcement of the state's voter identification law, just weeks away from its April 3 presidential primary.

Dane County Judge David Flanagan issued the temporary injunction as part of a lawsuit brought by the NAACP, which argued the law disenfranchises voters, many of them minorities, who do not possess acceptable identification.

The law requires voters to present identification such as a driver's license, state ID or passport at polling places when they vote.

Judge Flanagan called the requirement "notably inflexible" and agreed with the NAACP that voters who do not possess a drivers license were "disproportionately elderly, indigent or members of a racial minority."

(Reporting by Jeff Mayers; Writing by James B. Kelleher; Editing by Paul Thomasch)

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simbaji wrote:
God forbid we actually make sure the people voting are allowed to do so. It’s so sad that our country is being dismantled piece by piece from all sides. We have a government that, under the guise of security and protection from terrorists, are circumventing and violating the Constitution of the United States at an ever increasing pace. We spend hundreds of billions of dollars on illegal wars to secure strategic military locations and access to the world’s natural resource supplies yet refuse to secure our own borders and refuse to enforce immigration laws. Now our leaders and the ones who create the laws of this land can’t even be secured by legal proof of the right to vote; i.e. illegal aliens and non-US citizens are allowed to decide the fate of our country.

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