U.S. Supreme Court halts voter ID law

Joe Ballard, News Editor

Voting 6-3, the Supreme Court halted the implementation of the Voter ID law for the upcoming election on Thursday Oct, 29. The Voter ID law that required all voters to provide government issued identification in order to cast their ballot has been put on hold.

The chaos and last minute scrambling to get valid photo ID to everyone who does not possess an ID has stopped. The mad dash to find enough poll workers for the Nov 4 election has stopped as well. The estimated 11,000 absentee ballots that were already cast no longer need to be verified for a valid government issued identification.

The Supreme Court did not issue a reason for its ruling but opponents of the bill point to the fast track implementation of the law so close to the election would disenfranchise nearly 300,000 voters statewide.

“I believe the voter ID law is constitutional, and nothing in the Court’s order suggests otherwise,” Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen released in a statement after the ruling. “We will be exploring alternatives to address the Court’s concern and have voter ID on Election Day.”

While a valid photo ID is no longer required, voters still need to register at the address where they lived as of Oct 7 in order to cast their ballot. Registration can be done ahead of time or at the polling station. Voters must have proof of residence such as a lease, utility bill, or any government document that shows their home address. That also includes any mailings from Madison College.

For more information on registration, polling locations, and required documents voters should check out gab.wi.gov/voters.