The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLHCP), along with the ACLU Voting Rights Project, the ACLU of Wisconsin, and pro bono attorneys with Dechert LLP prevailed in a voter identification lawsuit against the State of Wisconsin. On April 29, Federal District Judge Lynn Adelman ruled that the Wisconsin voter identification law, which requires that voters display identification in order to vote, “violates both the US Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.”
The Law Center was involved in the case on behalf of people who are homeless who may “have lost the documents necessary to obtain a drivers’ license or state ID card, such as a birth certificate, and cannot afford the money (ranging from $20 to more than $400) needed to obtain or make corrections to them.”
As a result of the ruling, Wisconsin’s voter identification law cannot be enforced.
Read NLCHP’s press release at: http://nlchp.org/press_releases/WisconsinVoterID
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