Hooray for photo voting ID!

It’s done. Finally. And I will confess in a timeline that leaves me quite suspicious, but it’s done. Wisconsin is free to implement photo IDs for voting in the next November election.

No doubt Governor Walker is quite delighted by the turn of events. He used a little executive action (Isn’t there someone else who does that?) to make IDs available to those who might have trouble paying the fee to obtain a birth certificate, and BOOM! Two days later we have photo IDs at the polls. No one can really point a finger at him because he’s only doing what the courts dictated. Walker rallies the Republican base with a law that they wanted and skirts any appearance of ramming the voting process change through a special session. (Cue a smiling Governor.)

The law took about 1,190 days to be fully enforceable. Granted, the law still sits in federal court, but with the injunction removed, it will be implemented again. There was a small February 2012 election where photo IDs were necessary before first tier state and federal courts struck it down. (Funny, I just don’t recall the world having come to an end during that election.) More than ever, the courts are being used to delay legislation. I’m feeling confident the delays are finally over for WI photo ID and that the federal review court will eventually reverse the lower court’s decision.

It is important to have this larger mid-term election under Wisconsin’s belt with the new law in advance of the 2016 Presidential polls. That’s when this new law will matter the most.

One final thought: November’s mid-term will be a smaller turnout even with the Gubernatorial race. Democrats will cry foul claiming voters were disenfranchised, but Republicans will revel in the argument of fewer false votes. That’s just the way the game is played. In the meantime, you are better assured that one person using one address with one photo ID was allowed to vote once. Isn’t that a great feeling?


  1. What I find amazing is Van Hollen’s pledge: “My staff and I will work with the GAB to ensure every eligible voter will be able to cast a ballot.” The Wisconsin Constitution states that to be eligible to vote one must be a resident and 18 years of age. Thus I guess the Voter I D law doesn’t allow eligible voters to vote! So no it’s not a great feeling if you believe in the tenets of our Democracy!

  2. What?

  3. Cindy, why don’t you list all of the cases of voter fraud that voter ID would have prevented? Oh, yeah, there aren’t any!

  4. Doesn’t matter. I got what I wanted anyway. You may continue pouting, Capper. I understand it’s been a rough couple of weeks for you guys.

  5. Doesn’t matter?? So you don’t care about all the taxpayer money spent on this law that was written to solve a non-issue? Would you support a law banning Martians from voting? Because that would be equally as effective at reducing voter fraud.

  6. Randy in Richmond says:

    We used to have cigarette vending machines everywhere. On the front was a statement saying you had to be 21 years of age to purchase cigarettes. I can’t make a list of the numerous times this law was fraudulently broken but I can tell you now that ID is required it is exponentially smaller.

    Point: Wisconsin recently had a statewide election for Supreme Court Justice that garnered over 1.465 million total votes. The difference between the two candidates was 585 votes, or 0.162 votes per precinct. One vote difference in 1 of 6 precincts and the vote goes the other way. Win or lose I would want to know that the best effort was made to assure that each voter did so legally in this or any election.

  7. Walker’s in a dead heat for Wisconsin governorship, and if a way can be found to disenfranchise potential Democratic voters, by adding gratuitous hoops, ad nauseum, that’s what will occur; and, unfortunately, has happened, and seems to be working, just as with gerrymandering our state’s voting districts.

    With respect to acting on what’s right for Wisconsin, Walker is a failure, but he sure can fall back on his marketing classes — perhaps give him an honorary degree? Was Joseph Goebbels one of his Marquette instructors?

  8. Sounds likes sour grapes there, CMart. A lot of folks in this state want photo voting ID. The Marquette poll before last had it at 61%. (https://law.marquette.edu/poll/)

    Think about it. 61% of folks headed to the polls like photo voting ID, but Walker is only slightly ahead of Burke. Where will those folks place their vote? I’m thinking it falls to the governor who made it happen.

  9. Randy in Richmond says:

    I never knew Walker was a devoted anti-Semite. Has he also poisoned some of his children that I’m not aware of?
    What a stretch to use Goebbels name by association to attack Walker. Anyone doing this loses all credibility to any point they are trying to make.

  10. Godwin’s law amended for just-before-election comments. (Shortens the timeline.)