Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Federal Judge Kills WI Voter ID...For Now

This morning, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman struck down and killed the Wisconsin Voter ID law - the nation's most restrictive voter ID law during the short time it was in place.

This is good news for voting rights advocates and not so good news for Scott Walker who has said he will call a special session of the legislature should his crown jewel law (second only to Act 10) go down in flames.

Now, the ball is in his court - but the world isn't exactly the same as it was when voter ID first passed.

Wisconsin's voter ID law was jammed through in 2011 with not a single Democratic vote, during a time in which a lot of people still thought voter fraud was a thing.

Thanks to Republicans overplaying their hand in other Republican controlled states, most people now understand that it is a fantasy excuse just to make it harder for poor people and minorities to vote. That, a few GOP reps with loose lips who basically admitted as much.

With a cost of nearly $6 million to implement and legal costs to defend the law still mounting - more than a few people legitimately interested in state fiscal policies have had enough of this fake war on voting. Apparently not one of them is lame-duck State Attorney General, J.B. Van Hollen who vows to appeal. What else has he got to do?

The Siren believes a special session in Madison to pass a similar bill will be trickier than Walker would like.

In late 2013, Madison toyed with taking up some more abortion bills - just for fun. You'll recall that Jon Erpenbach stood up in the Senate and promised "all out hell" if State Republicans took up the bills. What happened? The Republicans slunk away - something they would have never done in 2011.

As we cruise toward November's election with polls showing Mary Burke closing in on a Governor who can't get more than 48% - Walker may find shoving another voter ID law down the throats of tired Wisconsin folks who just want some jobs - a bridge too far. Worse, polls also show a growing desire for a Democratic legislature - "all out hell" over voter ID may be a very bad idea.

Stay tuned. Interesting times ahead.