WILL Urges Supreme Court to Hear Voter ID Cases Now
WILL has requested permission from the Wisconsin Supreme Court to file an amici curiae (“friends of the court”) brief in Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP v. Walker and League of Women Voters v. Walker. Judges in both of those cases have permanently enjoined the implementation of photo identification for voting in Wisconsin. Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen has asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to bypass the Court of Appeals and consolidate these two cases. We support that request.
WILL’s amici brief draws the court’s attention to dozens of recent accounts of voter fraud from Wisconsin and around the country, some of which involve thousands of fraudulent votes. Contrary to what voter ID’s opponents argue, voter fraud is a constant threat to election integrity. We also show that dozens of last spring’s elections around the state were close enough to have been stolen by tiny amounts of voter fraud. Because voter fraud occurs with regularity and even a small amount of fraud can change the outcome of many elections, we urge the court to take these cases up now so that photo ID can be reinstated before this November’s elections.
WILL represents a diverse group of individuals as amici. Margaret Farrow is a former Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin and currently chairs the board of directors of Wisconsin Eye Public Affairs Network. George Mitchell is a journalist and policy expert who has worked for both Milwaukee County and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Michael Sandvick is a retired Milwaukee police detective who headed the Milwaukee Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit examination into vote fraud in the 2004 presidential election. Aaron Rodriguez is a prominent blogger and leader in the Milwaukee Latino community. Deborah Haywood writes locally and nationally on African-American blogs. Mary Ann Hanson is a life-long Wisconsin resident who has been voting for over 50 years.
A copy of the brief (which is substantively identical in each case) is available here.