This is an unusual but welcome challenge to the various untested regulations designed to suppress votes in Wisconsin, especially when you consider who's taking Walker on. It looks like Democrats are ready to put up a fight and highlight Republicans attempts to keep people from voting. Surprised too by the challenger:
Hillary Clinton’s top campaign lawyer has filed a new legal challenge to a slew of restrictive voting laws signed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
If successful, the suit could knock down barriers to voting in a key 2016 battleground.
The complaint, filed Friday in federal court, charges that the “right [to vote] has been under attack in Wisconsin since Republicans gained control of the governor’s office and both houses of the State Legislature in the 2010 election.”
The campaign itself isn’t officially involved. “The lawsuit was not filed on behalf of the campaign, but we are aware of it and strongly support its goal of ensuring the right to vote is not unduly burdened,” Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement.
Last month, Elias brought a similar lawsuit against restrictive voting laws in Ohio. Walker isn’t named as a defendant in Friday’s challenge against Wisconsin’s voting laws (but) it (does) accuse Walker of making a “racial appeal” during his 2012 gubernatorial recall election, when he declared: “We don’t want Wisconsin to become like Milwaukee.”
Here's what might be more unique, and even successfully litigated this time:
But the other challenged provisions haven’t yet been considered by a court. In addition to the voter ID law, the GOP-led legislature has passed, and Walker has signed, measures that: Also being challenged is the state’s requirement that early voting can take place only at the clerk’s office. The restriction, which has existed since early voting began in the state, means Milwaukee will have hundreds of thousands more voters at its single early voting location than some smaller municipalities will have.