ACLU Comment on Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Wisconsin Voter ID Ruling

September 12, 2014 6:53 pm

Media Contact
125 Broad Street
18th Floor
New York, NY 10004
United States


CONTACT: 212-549-2666,

CHICAGO — The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Wisconsin’s voter ID law after hearing oral arguments earlier in the day. The American Civil Liberties Union presented arguments asking the court to uphold an April 29 federal court ruling striking down the law as unconstitutional and in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

The following is a statement from Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project:

“This decision fails to protect the voters of Wisconsin and the integrity of our elections. Before today, courts considering ID laws have not allowed them to go into effect this close to an election. We are evaluating our options to prevent chaos at the polls and to ensure that all Wisconsin voters are able to access the ballot free of unjustified obstacles.”

A copy of the order is at:

More information about this case is at:

Every month, you'll receive regular roundups of the most important civil rights and civil liberties developments. Remember: a well-informed citizenry is the best defense against tyranny.

Learn More About the Issues in This Press Release