Voter ID: Supreme Court Hands Scott Walker Another Win

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Along with the many other reforms Republican Governor Scott Walker has successfully delivered n Wisconsin, just as his potential Republican rival Sen. Ted Cruz announced his campaign for the presidency, the Supreme Court of the United States added another significant achievement to Walker’s already impressive resume: the upholding of the Dairy State’s 2011 voter ID law.

For now, however, it appears a majority of high court justices approve of photo-ID laws such as Wisconsin’s, which does not involve allegations of intentional racial discrimination. None of the high court’s more liberal justices voiced dissent with the decision not to hear the case. …

Thereafter, however, the justices’ refusal to hear objections to the law means that Wisconsin will become the eighth state with a strict photo identification law that allows no exceptions to a government-issued ID. The others are Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

“The Supreme Court’s decision is a huge step backward for our democracy,” said Penda Hair, co-director of the Advancement Project, a civil rights group. “The 300,000 registered Wisconsin voters who lack the limited forms of photo ID needed to vote in Wisconsin — disproportionately African Americans and Latinos ― deserve to have their voices heard in our political process.”

Despite relentless lies-of-omission from our dishonest race-baiting media, voter ID laws are the rare 80/20 issue in America. By wide margins, Democrats and Republicans embrace laws requiring voters show a valid, state-issued ID in order to cast a vote. Even 51% of black voters support voter ID, compared to just 46% who disagree.

The media always casts the voter ID debate as a racial issue — conservatives attempting to keep black people away from the polls.  The American people, including a majority of blacks, have not been swayed by the media’s propaganda. Voters instinctually understand that this is an issue of voter integrity, especially in a country so mismanaged by the federal government we currently have 6.5 million active Social Security numbers for people aged 112.

Walker is almost certainly going to run for president as a successful reformer. Voter ID is not only another mark in his win column, it is one of the least divisive reform movements in the country — unless, of course, you have allowed the lying media to again make you believe up is down. 

John Nolte on Twitter @NolteNC