The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit in federal court aimed at striking down Wisconsin’s voter ID law.
ACLU of Wisconsin spokeswoman Stacy Harbaugh says the suit argues the law approved earlier this year violates federal voting rights. The lawsuit says the requirements essentially create a poll tax and place a severe and undue burden on the right to vote.
The lead plaintiff in the lawsuit against is Ruthelle Frank, an 84-year-old Village of Brokaw resident who would have to pay $200 to correct a clerical error so she can obtain a copy of her birth certificate. The certificate is needed for her to get a photo ID.
Harbaugh says Frank’s situation is a perfect example of the burden being placed on voters across the state, many of which will likely be unable to vote next year because of the financial hardship it creates.
The suit is the second legal challenge brought against the voter ID law that was passed earlier this year. The first case brought in state court by the League of Women Voters is scheduled to go before a Dane County judge in January.
Republicans argue the law was needed to prevent voter fraud in Wisconsin. Supporters contend it will stand up to any legal challenges.
AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (1:09)