MILWAUKEE, Wis. — A federal trial court is scheduled to hear arguments on Monday, October 5, in a case seeking to expand voting access in Wisconsin. The American Civil Liberties Union has asked the court to bolster access to the ballot by permitting more types of acceptable identification for voting, and by allowing people who have difficulty obtaining identification to vote by affidavit.
The ACLU is asking that the currently restrictive list of acceptable identification be expanded to include IDs for veterans, IDs for students attending technical colleges, and out-of-state driver's licenses.
Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, said:
"Thousands of Wisconsinites face barriers to the polls due to the limited forms of ID mandated under the state's strict voter ID law. It's unconscionable that even veterans, who have so valiantly served our country, can't use their government-issued IDs under this restrictive law. We're asking the court to help eliminate these obstacles by allowing a broader range of commonsense options."
***Attorneys available for interview***
WHO: American Civil Liberties Union
WHAT: Federal court arguments over expanding access under Wisconsin's voter ID law
WHERE: U.S. District Court, 517 East Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee; Judge Lynn Adelman's courtroom is No. 390.
WHEN: 11 a.m. CT, Monday, October 5
More information about this case, Frank v. Walker, is at: https://www.aclu.org/cases/frank-v-walker-fighting-voter-suppression-wisconsin