State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
Earlier this month, an appellate court upheld the constitutionality of the photo ID voting law in Georgia:
“Although this appeal does not involve the right to travel, a burden of air travel in contemporary society provides an apt comparison. Before an adult passenger can board an airplane for a commercial flight in the United States, the passenger must present to a federal official an identification card with a photograph of the passenger. The burden of that exercise assists the federal government in keeping passengers safe from physical harm. This appeal concerns whether a state government can use that kind of exercise to safeguard one of our most fundamental civil rights: the right to vote. We must decide whether a law of Georgia that requires every voter who casts a ballot in person to produce an identification card with a photograph of the voter unduly burdens the right to vote.”
The court’s decision from the ruling:
“We conclude, based on the decision in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, 128 S. Ct. 1610 (2008), which upheld a similar law in Indiana, that the burden imposed by the requirement of photo identification is outweighed by the interests of Georgia in safeguarding the right to vote.”
The Heritage Foundation reports, “The plaintiffs were unable to present any evidence of any individuals who either did not already have an ID or could not easily get one. In fact, two of the witnesses presented by the NAACP as supposedly not being able to vote because of the law both testified ‘that they could and would obtain a free photo identification with little difficulty.’”
About a year ago, I blogged about a major study that provided ample evidence that photo ID’s are not obstacles to voting.
Here is the entire court ruling by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding Georgia’s photo ID law and details from the Heritage Foundation.
I have always supported and continue to support the implementation of a photo ID requirement for voting in Wisconsin.