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Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP Claims Victory in Wisconsin Voter ID Litigation

On Tuesday, Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge David Flanagan issued his decision to permanently enjoin Wisconsin’s restrictive and burdensome photo ID law, declaring Wisconsin’s photo ID law the strictest in the nation.

The Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP, Voces de la Frontera, and twelve individuals partnered in the fight against Wisconsin Act 23. The act requires photo identification to cast a ballot, including absentee ballots. Only around 80 percent of Wisconsin residents already registered to vote possess a driver’s license that meets the Photo ID requirements of Act 23. In addition, to obtain a WisDOT Division of Motor Vehicles issued driver’s license or alternative ID a certified birth certificate is required.

If enacted, the act would impose strict voter identification laws on Wisconsin residents, denying the right to vote granted in the Wisconsin Constitution.

“The permanent injunction on Act 23 will help ensure that Wisconsin’s election integrity is preserved during the election season, by protecting each citizen’s right to vote and railing against claims of mass voter fraud and detrimental solutions in search of a problem,” said James Hall, President of the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP. “The Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP, NAACP Wisconsin State Conference, and leading partners will continue to push against the state and national attack on voting rights.”

In the official court Wisconsin Circuit Court order Judge Flanagan states, “Act 23 addresses a problem which is very limited, if indeed it exists.” “It offers no flexibility, no alternative to prevent the exclusion of a constitutionally qualified voter,” he continued. 

Read the official court order here.