State Supreme Court upholds Voter ID Law and Domestic Partner Registry

Published 07/31 2014 09:11AM

Updated 07/31 2014 09:28AM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)--The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday to uphold Voter ID and domestic partner registry.

Voter ID requires voters to show a photo identification at the polls.

The domestic partner registry was passed in 2009 which provides limited benefits to same-sex couples.

In response to the Voter ID ruling, Gov. Walker, said, "Voter ID is a common sense reform that protects the integrity of our elections.  People need to have confidence in our electoral process and to know their vote has been properly counted.  We look forward to the same result from the federal court of appeals."

A spokesperson for Democratic challenger Mary Burke's campaign said, "Mary opposes unnecessary photo ID restrictions that make it harder for seniors, students and Veterans to vote and the restrictions on early voting signed into law by Walker.  She also supports the freedom of committed, loving couples to have hospital visitation, medical leave, and inheritance rights, as well as the freedom to marry whomever they choose."

The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin is also weighing in on the voter ID issue

Andrea Kaminski, the executive director, said "We are disappointed that a majority of Wisconsin Supreme Court justices did not agree with the League of Women Voters or the growing numbers of federal judges who have recently found that strict voter ID laws are more likely to prevent thousands of qualified citizens from voting to deter extremely small number of potential illegal votes"

Neither ruling has an immediate impact, however, because both cases are also tied up in the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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