MADISON (WKOW) -- The League of Women Voters released the following statement Tuesday, after Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's announcement to ask the Supreme Court to reinstate the voter ID law before the November 6 general election.
After two judges have ruled that Wisconsin's voter ID law violates our state constitution – and the state Supreme Court has already once sent the cases back to the Appeals Court – we are shocked that Attorney General Van Hollen would ask the Supreme Court to reinstate the law shortly before the November 6 election. With a presence in 420 polling places on June 5, the League of Women Voters' election observers and other sources confirmed once again that the real problems with Wisconsin elections stem from human error, lack of training, and sometimes mismanagement – not from voter impersonation, the only type of illegal voting that could be prevented by voter ID.
"After what we found at the polls on June 5, the League was pleased when the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board launched a "Back to Basics" program to ensure that all local election officials are trained and prepared to administer a smooth, clean, efficient general election in November. That is what is needed to improve our elections. It would be a grave error to change the rules again shortly before an election, especially for the purpose of reinstating an unconstitutional law which will make it extremely difficult or impossible for many qualified Wisconsin citizens to vote," said Andrea Kaminski, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Education Network.
With two cases challenging the law in state court and one in federal court, we believe the Attorney General should respect the process that is already in place.
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