NAACP Milwaukee and Voces de la Frontera Challenge WI Act 23
By James H. Hall Jr.
NAACP Milwaukee Branch
This Friday, December 16th, 2011, at 11:00am, at the Wisconsin State Office Building, 821 N. 6th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera will announce their united legal challenge to the constitutionality of 2011 Wisconsin Act 23, also known as ďWisconsinís Photo ID Voting Requirement.Ē
We are challenging Act 23 because it disenfranchises scores of thousands of qualified African-American voters. About half of all African-Americans in Milwaukee currently lack a driverís license. This new law is tantamount to a denial of the right to vote for many otherwise qualified voters. There has never been a single prosecution or conviction of a Wisconsin voter misrepresenting his or her identity at the polls. This law is nothing but vote suppression of minority voters.
Voces de la Frontera Executive Director Christine Neumann-Ortiz said, ďThe Photo ID Requirement is a repressive law aimed at deterring Latino voters from coming to the polls. The Wisconsin Constitution guarantees all citizens and Wisconsin residents the right to vote and we intend to jealously protect that right.Ē
Please join us as this Friday, 11am at the Wisconsin State Office Building, 821 N. 6th Street, when the Milwaukee Branch and Voces will explain the legal basis for our challenge. We urge all Milwaukeeans to join this fight to overturn Act 23.
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