Brady Statement on Federal Court Strike Down of Wisconsin Voter ID Law

May 1, 2014
Press Release

Wednesday April 30, 2014 (Washington, D.C.) Today, Committee on House Administration Ranking Member, Robert Brady (D-PA), made the following statement on a federal court striking down Wisconsin’s restrictive and unnecessary Voter ID law.

"This is an important victory in the fight to protect our constitutionally guaranteed right to vote,” said Brady. "Courts continue to recognize that restrictive voter ID laws create an unreasonable burden on the fundamental right to vote without a remotely justifiable reason. It's time to stop wasting time, money, and effort promoting and enforcing a law that does nothing but keep students, seniors, and minorities from making their voices heard."

On Tuesday, Judge Lynn Adelman ruled the requirement that voters present a government-approved photo ID was in violation the Voting Rights Act, as it shows a “disproportionate impact” on poor and minority voters. An injunction blocking enforcement of the law was issued.

Supporters argued there was a legitimate government interest to prevent voter fraud, but Judge Adelman found the requirement “weakly serves” that interest and that "Perhaps the reason why photo ID requirements have no effect on confidence or trust in the electoral process is that such laws undermine the public's confidence in the electoral process as much as they promote it."

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113th Congress