Statement of WisDems Chair Mike Tate on the Republican Efforts to Reinstate Flawed Voter ID Legislation

Aug 20, 2012

Following the announcement that Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is requesting that the Wisconsin Supreme Court reinstate the Walker Administration’s flawed voter ID legislation in advance of the November elections, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate released the following statement.

“This deeply flawed legislation has already, correctly, been halted by two Wisconsin courts.

“We’ve held four clean, successful state-wide elections since this law was halted; for Van Hollen to now brazenly attempt to circumvent the role of the Court of Appeals reeks of partisanship.

“Put simply, this law would disenfranchise seniors, veterans, students and people from all walks of life across Wisconsin.

“Regardless of whether you are a Republican, Democrat or independent, everyone can agree that we shouldn’t play politics with something as important as voting — every eligible voter deserves to have the opportunity to make their voice heard at the ballot box.

“Inside of 80 days until November 6th, and roughly 65 days before early voting, Wisconsin voters, and the dedicated clerks and election officials who conduct our elections fairly, deserve certainty that this requirement will not be in place for November 6th — and will work its way through the courts according to standard practice.”