The nation's first case to test the might of Section 2 against voter ID laws, the Wisconsin case has set a legal precedent for how voter ID laws in other states can be defeated. What happens next in the state has implications for the entire country.
Adding a photo to Social Security Cards would satisfy the voter ID requirement in states like Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, and Virginia, but it would not fix the problem in other states where the laws are more narrowly drawn.
Why is Wisconsin placing these burdens on the right to vote? It's not to prevent in-person voter fraud. State officials admit that's not a problem and never has been. No, this law is about preventing voting.
Wisconsin's restrictive voter ID law places burdens disproportionately on the state's voters of color, such as the time and financial costs of getting the underlying documents needed to obtain ID, and traveling to limited DMV offices. That's a far cry from equal access to the polls.
Instead of finding compromise, being straight with the public and keeping their promises, Walker and Republicans like him would rather eliminate their competition by creating hurdles to the voting booth for people who don't agree with them.
Voter protection advocates around the country have spent the past two years working to uphold the right to vote in this country. These victories would not have been possible without the courage of everyday Americans who stood up for their right to participate in democracy.