• WisPolitics


Thursday, October 13, 2016

 10:44 AM 

Judge orders state to provide more information to those seeking voter ID

A federal judge today ordered the state to immediately provide more information to those seeking a voter ID to help them maneuver the process.

U.S. Judge James Peterson, who said he would file his written order later today, left in place the state’s voter ID law, saying instead he would pursue a “targeted remedy” to help those who struggle meeting the law’s requirements. 

He also told the plaintiffs, which include the liberal One Wisconsin Institute, that he “won’t be offended” if they appeal his decision. Peterson repeated his argument from yesterday that he doesn’t have “the authority to issue a brand new injunction” to hold up voter ID, though the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals would.

“The 7th Circuit is right down the road if you want to take a shot there,” Peterson said.

But Peterson said fixing the major flaws with the ID petition process -- which helps voters who don’t have the proper documents to get a free voter ID -- would be “good enough.” Under the IDPP, those voters get a temporary receipt that they can use at the polls. Those receipts are good for 60 days, but Peterson said he’d extend that to “at least” 180 days. 

The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, he noted, has belatedly made major efforts to fix its “really inadequate” training of employees on the process. But what remains to be fixed, he said, is informing people what they need to do to enter the process. 

“I think what’s called for here is a remedy to the deficiencies and the information distributed about the ID petition process,” he said. 

The fixes Peterson wants include having a one-page handout that “tells people clearly” what the IDPP process is. He also wants that handout disseminated to media and organizations that could then publicize it to voters. 

Another quick remedy, he said, is making the DMV website much more clear on how the process works. The state would also need to provide status reports to ensure DMV staff are giving people the correct information, as a VoteRiders investigation found that wasn’t the case with some people. 

And he required the state and plaintiffs to develop a strategy for a public information campaign, though he said they can take more time to work on that. 

-- By Polo Rocha


Back to Election Blog main page

: See newer blog items : : See older blog items :

Election Blog site feed
Advertisement
Advertisement

wispolitics.com Social News

Follow Us

ABOUT THE BLOG

Updates from WisPolitics.com on primary and general elections in Wisconsin.

Editor: JR Ross
Reporters: Chris Thompson, David Wise

· Election Blog site feed

ELECTION LINKS

· Campaign ads
· Audio archive
· Government Accountability Board (state elections)
· Federal Election Commission (federal elections)

ARCHIVE

· February 2007
· April 2007
· February 2008
· March 2008
· April 2008
· September 2008
· October 2008
· November 2008
· February 2009
· April 2009
· February 2010
· March 2010
· April 2010
· September 2010
· November 2010
· February 2011
· March 2011
· April 2011
· May 2011
· June 2011
· July 2011
· August 2011
· September 2011
· October 2011
· November 2011
· December 2011
· January 2012
· February 2012
· March 2012
· April 2012
· May 2012
· June 2012
· July 2012
· August 2012
· September 2012
· October 2012
· November 2012
· December 2012
· January 2013
· February 2013
· March 2013
· April 2013
· June 2013
· July 2013
· August 2013
· September 2013
· October 2013
· November 2013
· December 2013
· January 2014
· February 2014
· March 2014
· April 2014
· May 2014
· June 2014
· July 2014
· August 2014
· September 2014
· October 2014
· November 2014
· December 2014
· January 2015
· February 2015
· March 2015
· April 2015
· May 2015
· June 2015
· July 2015
· August 2015
· September 2015
· October 2015
· November 2015
· December 2015
· January 2016
· February 2016
· March 2016
· April 2016
· May 2016
· June 2016
· July 2016
· August 2016
· September 2016
· October 2016
· November 2016
· December 2016
Copyright ©2012 WisPolitics.com All rights reserved. | WisOpinion.com | WisBusiness.com  |  Website development by wisnet.com LLC  | Website design by Makin’ Hey Communications