Wisconsin’s voter ID law has finally been upheld by the courts, after a nearly 4-year battle. The U.S. Supreme Court in March declined a request for appeal from the ACLU to block the new law. Wisconsin originally passed this law in 2011, and it was quickly signed by Governor Scott Walker. It requires voters to show a driver’s license or state-issued ID from the Department of Transportation in order to vote in state elections. Soon after the law took effect in 2012, a federal judge blocked it, claiming that it placed an unnecessary burden on minorities and the poor and would prevent a substantial number of people from voting. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court subsequently blocked that lower court’s decision and ruled that the law is constitutional. This law was already upheld by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in a separate ruling. The ACLU appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court but lost. This is another victory in the battle to protect the integrity of U.S. elections. As U.S. citizens, we should regard voting in this Republic as a sacred privilege. And our government should pass laws like this Wisconsin law, so we can protect and defend the ballot box from people who are not eligible to vote.
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