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Dane County Board Chair Applauds Voter ID Injunction

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Supervisor Scott McDonell, ChairDane County Board of Supervisors (279-6984)
Email: mcdonell@countyofdane.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3/7/2012

Issued By: County Board Supervisors
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Dane County Board Chair Scott McDonell applauded the injunction on enforcement of the state voter ID law during the general election on April 3rd.  Yesterday, Circuit Judge David Flanagan granted a temporary injunction ordering Governor Walker and the state Government Accountability Board to “cease immediately any effort to enforce or implement the photo identification requirements” of the law, pending a trial on a permanent injection scheduled for April 16th.

“In addition to the presidential primary, all 37 members of the Dane County Board of Supervisors face election on April 3rd,” said McDonell.  “Judge Flanagan’s decision provides a temporary reprieve from the voter ID law, which amounts to an illegal poll tax.  I am pleased that all voters will be welcome at the polls,” he added.

 

Last month McDonell and County Executive Parisi announced a proposal for the County to provide birth certificates free of charge to those who need them in order to obtain a state identification card for voting purposes.  A birth certificate costs $20, and this presented an obstacle that could disenfranchise voters. 

“The County Board will consider the Dane County Voter Assistance Initiative at it’s meeting next week,” McDonell said.  “I will encourage my fellow supervisors to forge ahead with the initiative so the county is prepared to provide voter assistance should the injunction be lifted.”

 

The burdens of addressing voter ID requirements fall disproportionately on minority and low-income voters, and also present challenges for students and the elderly.

“I applaud Judge Flanagan’s decision and believe it is the first step in overturning the voter ID law,” said McDonell. “It is critical that we protect the integrity of our elections and preserve the rights of all citizens to vote.”

 

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