October 16, 2014
By Mike Hall Reprinted: http://www.aflcio.org
Washington DC – The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked Wisconsin from implementing the nation’s strictest voter photo ID law that could have denied more than 300,000 registered voters the right to vote in the Nov. 4 election.
The one-page order gives opponents of the law 90 days to file a formal petition asking the Supreme Court to take up the case. The court's three most conservative justices, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, dissented.
It is estimated that some 300,000 registered Wisconsin voters—mostly African American, Hispanic, students and young voters (18–24) and those older than 65—do not currently have the types of IDs the law requires.