The State of Wisconsin is having its own voter I.D. troubles, brought on by a stunningly rash decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to lift a stay on the enforcement of Wisconsin’s photo I.D. law. The timing was terrible, given the long lead times associated with running an election – the decision leaves Wisconsin voters and election workers in an untenable position, as there isn’t time to recall and resend thousands of absentee ballots, there isn’t time to implement the voter I.D. law prior to the registration deadline before the election, and there isn’t time for anyone who lacks I.D. to actually acquire such I.D.
It seems likely that the 7th Circuit en banc will reverse the decision, but who knows. The New York Times has come out with an editorial that summarizes the whole issue about as succinctly as anyone could desire.
For those of you using web readers, the link is: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/16/opinion/electoral-chaos-in-wisconsin.html?ref=opinion&_r=1