Taylor Champions the Decision as a Victory for Democracy

(MILWAKUEE) Senator Lena C. Taylor (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement today after U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman struck down the Republican backed voter identification law:

“We have been saying it from the start; this law ‘unfairly burdens poor and minority voters.’ Today is a historic day in Wisconsin as one of the most disenfranchising laws that push us back towards the Jim Crow Era has been overturned by another court. Since the days of Ezekiel Gillespie suing and winning his right to vote as a black man in our state, people in Wisconsin have carried the torch of freedom to the polls, working to protect the voting rights for all citizens.”

“Instead of restricting the constitutional right to vote and implementing barriers similar to the poll tax of the past, the GOP should answer the call of Democrats and millions around the state by expanding voters’ rights, participation and civic engagement.”

“Without question our democracy is strongest when the right to vote is not shackled by partisan politics resulting in the disenfranchisement of our citizens, intentionally or unintentionally. This is a big win for democracy. This is the progressive, inclusive Wisconsin that we all know and love.”