Wednesday, June 6, 2012

How Republicans Prevented Thousands of Wisconsin Students From Voting

Student voters cast their ballots in the Wisconsin
presidential primary at Memorial Union's Tripp
Commons at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,
02/19/08. (photo: Bryce Richter)
By Scott Keyes, ThinkProgress
05 June 12

oter ID will not be in effect for today's recall vote in Wisconsin, but that won't stop last year's anti-voter bill from disenfranchising thousands of students across the state.

A year ago, Wisconsin Republicans pushed through Assembly Bill 7, which enacted one of the worst forms of voter ID in the nation. Since then, two state judges have blocked voter ID from taking effect because the Wisconsin state Constitution guarantees that "every United States citizen age 18 or older who is a resident of an election district in this state is a qualified elector of that district," regardless of whether or not they have an ID.

However, a little-noticed provision in AB 7 will likely prevent thousands of college students from voting in today's recall election.  READ MORE

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