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    LA Times: Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin voter ID law

    Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin voter ID law - latimes.com

    By Alana Semuels April 29, 2014, 4:38 p.m.

    A federal judge struck down a Wisconsin voter ID law as unconstitutional because it imposed an unfair burden on the poor and minorities, a move that could set a precedent for other voting rights cases to be decided this election year.

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    The Wisconsin decision is especially significant because it came in federal court and because Adelman relied on Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act in his decision. Previously, voting rights advocates had used Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to argue election-fairness cases, but the Supreme Court voided that option in its Shelby vs. Holder decision, said Jessica Levinson, a professor of election law at Loyola Law School. The Wisconsin case shows that using Section 2, which bans rules that make it more difficult for minorities to participate in the political process, can be effective.
    “For proponents of voter ID laws, this is somewhat encouraging,” Levinson said. “The courts are finding that evidence of fraud is not there, and that these laws place disproportionate burdens on certain segments of the population.”
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    Re: LA Times: Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin voter ID law

    The SCOTUS already upheld voter ID laws as constitutional

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    Re: LA Times: Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin voter ID law

    Quote Originally Posted by Crovax View Post
    The SCOTUS already upheld voter ID laws as constitutional
    Lower liberal federal judge trumps SCOTUS.

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    Re: LA Times: Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin voter ID law

    Quote Originally Posted by Crovax View Post
    The SCOTUS already upheld voter ID laws as constitutional
    Not exactly correct. However I'm not qualified to properly explain it. The gist is that this ruling comes at the issue from a different aspect of the law than the one aspect that USSC deemed invalid.
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    Re: LA Times: Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin voter ID law

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    Not exactly correct. However I'm not qualified to properly explain it. The gist is that this ruling comes at the issue from a different aspect of the law than the one aspect that USSC deemed invalid.
    This article, unfortunately, is lacking in any kind of real detail. So far I haven't seen any substantial difference. Without that, it's a ruling that would definitely be overturned.
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    Re: LA Times: Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin voter ID law

    We went from sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me to safe spaces.

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    Re: LA Times: Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin voter ID law

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    Not exactly correct. However I'm not qualified to properly explain it. The gist is that this ruling comes at the issue from a different aspect of the law than the one aspect that USSC deemed invalid.
    I'm not talking about when the SCOTUS stuck down section 4 of the VRA(Shelby County v Holder) I'm talking about the 2008 case over Indiana's voter ID law where the SCOTUS ruled that voter ID laws are constitutional(Crawford v Marion County Election Board)

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