By Tim Kowols
The United States Supreme Court declined an opportunity to weigh in on a ruling rescinding North Carolina’s voter identification laws on Monday, putting Wisconsin’s own rules potentially on notice. By rejecting the hearing, five parts of North Carolina’s voter identification law will be removed because the United States Court of Appeals in Virginia ruled it unfairly targeted African-Americans according to the New York Times. Jay Heck from Common Cause Wisconsin says the state’s current laws are less restrictive than North Carolina’s, but believes Monday’s decision could lead to another attempt to change the current process.
Opponents of the current voter ID law like liberal super PAC Priorities USA say it prevented over 200,000 people in the state from voting according to the Associated Press, while proponents believe the measures are needed to prevent voter fraud.