A second lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s new voter I.D. law is expected to be filed next week. The Milwaukee branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will be the lead plaintiff in the suit, which will also include Wisconsin immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera and several individuals, said Milwaukee attorney Richard Saks.
“We’re arguing that the photo I.D. requirement is an unreasonable and onerous burden on the state constitutional right to vote for Wisconsin citizens,” said Saks, who is representing the plaintiffs. Saks said the law is tantamount to a denial of the right to vote for “scores of thousands of voters, if not hundreds of thousands of voters, throughout the state of Wisconsin who don’t have the types of I.D.” now needed at the polls.
People seeking an I.D. to vote are being burdened with financials costs, as well the investment of “many, many hours of preparation, planning, travel, waiting and dealing with various government agencies,” Saks said.
His group has surveyed hundreds of people at Department of Motor vehicle locations in the Milwaukee area, he said.
The lawsuit would follow one filed in October by the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, which is arguing the legislature didn’t have the authority to pass the law based on the state constitution.