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UPDATE: Lawmakers respond to voter ID ruling

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Lawmakers from Wisconsin are reacting to a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's voter ID law.

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin):

“The federal district court in Milwaukee made the right decision to protect the rights of Wisconsin voters. The voter ID law pushed by Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans in the state legislature infringes on every American’s fundamental right to vote. This is a critical step towards reversing a dangerous movement across the country that unfairly restricts disadvantaged and minority voters’ access to the polls. But, the fight is not over. We need to affirm every citizen’s right to vote without condition.”

In 2013, Pocan introduced legislation with U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05) to explicitly guarantee the right to vote in the U.S. Constitution. The Pocan Ellison Voting Rights Amendment would amend the Constitution to provide all Americans with the affirmative right to vote and empower the government with the authority to protect this fundamental right.

State Senator Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau):

"I am disappointed but not surprised by today's ruling, and I support the Attorney General's appeal. Senate Republicans remain committed to Photo ID in Wisconsin, and will continue to review our options in light of today's ruling and any potential action by the State Supreme Court." 

State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend):

“I am very disappointed that Judge Adelman has struck down Wisconsin’s voter ID law, though I’m not entirely surprised. Judge Adelman is a known activist judge, and I expected him to use flawed logic and a twisted misunderstanding of the U.S. Constitution to strike down a law that he personally disagrees with.
 
“Nonetheless, the integrity of our elections is at stake, and Wisconsin needs a voter ID law in place as soon as possible. I'm looking forward to Gov. Walker calling an extraordinary session for the legislature to pass a new law without delay.”

State Senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee):

“Today Wisconsin’s free and fair electoral system was defended from the overreach of one political party. The balance of power defined in the U.S. Constitution defends the freedom to cast a ballot no matter race, creed, gender, wealth or political persuasion. Despite the single-party rule continuing to pass extreme legislation attacking our most basic freedoms, our freedom to vote has been defended with today’s court ruling.
 
“This session, GOP legislators continued their attack on the freedom to vote. From limiting early voting hours for communities across Wisconsin to allowing election observers to stand an intimidating three feet from a voter, the GOP effort to restrict the freedom to vote has been persistent. Simultaneously, throughout the nation, GOP efforts to limit access to the polls continue to be struck down in the courts. Today’s ruling again demonstrates that politicians shouldn’t put forth artificial and politically-driven barriers to impede those exercising their freedom to vote."

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