Appeals Court Judge Lashes Out At Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law

If you have not yet read the words from Republican-appointed appeals court Judge Richard Posner please take a moment to do so.

Meanwhile, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, on a 5-5 vote, declined on Friday to have the full court revisit a decision Monday by three of its members that had held the law was constitutional and did not violate federal law. Judge Richard Posner had asked the 10-member court to decide that question.

Writing for the five judges who wanted to hear the case, Posner said Wisconsin’s law should be invalidated. He called the voter ID requirement “a mere fig leaf for efforts to disenfranchise voters likely to vote for the political party that does not control the state government.”

‘Evidence’ of voter-impersonation fraud is downright goofy, if not paranoid, such as the nonexistent buses that … transport foreigners and reservation Indians to polling places,” Posner wrote.

He called the decision written by his three colleagues a “fact-free cocoon.”

“As there is no evidence that voter-impersonation fraud is a problem, how can the fact that the legislature says it’s a problem turn it into one? If the Wisconsin legislature says witches are a problem,” he wrote, “shall Wisconsin courts be permitted to conduct witch trials?”

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