Friday, August 1, 2014

Conservative Activist Supreme Court on Voter ID: "Judicial Rewriting of the Law" over provision to waive fees for photo ID.

Republicans  have created this presumption that conservative judges and justices are in no way activist, legislating from the bench. When that's clearly not been the case. The media and Democrats, at their own peril, have decided to ignore the problem. We're already beyond the tipping point, with decisions on the Second Amendment, corporate personhood and religious rights, and that money is speech.

From WPR's morning show, with guest hosted by John Munson, Ed Fallone and right wing blabbermouth Steve Prestigard took a look at the most extreme example of judicial activism and legislating from the bench by Justice Patience Roggensack. Roggensack carved out "legislation" that makes the Voter ID law constitutional, by rewriting the administrative code of the state used by our DMV's (the DMV was not even a party to the lawsuit). Pictured is Ed Fallone and John Prestigard

Rep. Robin Vos found a way to fear monger the base over Roggensack's judicial activism:
AP: Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says the state Supreme Court's ruling that the state can't require someone to present documents that cost money, like a birth certificate copy, when applying for a state ID. … could potentially lead to fraud. Vos says that has the potential for fraud because it's unclear what the process will be to ensure a person is a legal citizen and who they claim to be.
So Vos is saying that without the possibility for some form of payment, just to vote, other documentation to prove who you are may lead to fraud? Stunning!
PostCrescent: Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he is looking at all options to get that federal court ruling put on hold, so the photo ID requirement can be in place for the November election.
Voter Suppression Caught Again: Van Hollen is not just making up for the fact Republicans tried like hell to hide free voter ID's at the DMV, he's also suggesting this was a mere legislative mistake. Not surprisingly, the problem was never corrected. Past stories are here and here:
"Do you know someone who votes that does not have a State ID that meets requirements to vote? Tell them they can go to the DMV/DOT and get a free ID card. However they must ask for the free ID" ... a memo was sent out by the 3rd in command of the DMV/DOT. The memo specifically told the employees at the DMV/DOT not to inform individuals that the ID’s are free. "So if the individuals seeking to get the free ID does not ask for a free ID, they will have to pay for it!! "
From WISC Channel3000. The story references a public education campaign, that I personally don't remember seeing. Anyone else?

Check out John Nichols column, "Judge Who Framed Voter ID Laws As Constitutional Says He Got It Wrong." This case is always brought up to defend Wisconsin's law. Oops.

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