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Pocan: Wisconsin Voter ID Will Prevent Wisconsinites From Participating In Our Democracy

Mar 23, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today issued the following statement after the United States Supreme Court on refused to hear a challenge to Wisconsin's voter identification law:

“I am disappointed by today’s dismissal of the challenge to Wisconsin voter ID law. This law will prevent Wisconsinites from participating fully in our democracy and will unfairly burden disadvantaged and minority voters in future elections. Clearly, Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans in the state legislature want to choose their voters instead allowing voters to choose them.

“Wisconsin voter ID law is yet another setback in what has been constant attempts by some states to erode voting rights and make it harder for citizens to vote. Today’s action by the Supreme Court is yet another indication our country is in desperate need of a constitutionally guaranteed right to vote for all of its citizens.”

In January, Pocan introduced legislation with U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05) to explicitly guarantee the right to vote in the U.S. Constitution. The Pocan Ellison Voting Rights Amendment would amend the Constitution to provide all Americans with the affirmative right to vote and empower the government with the authority to protect this fundamental right.