The Supreme Court just ruled 7-2 rejecting Arizona's law requiring voters to prove citizenship with a variety of documents including birth certificates, passports, naturalization papers or Arizona driver’s licenses. Instead voters need to use a simple federal form that asks, “Are you a citizen of the United States?” Prospective voters must check a box for yes or no, and then sign the form, swearing under the penalty of perjury that they are citizens.
Antonin Scalia wrote the majority opinion, interestingly. You'd think he was for states' rights and the general Republican world-view, but sometimes he'll surprise ya.
This isn't the same thing as Wisconsin's presently-enjoined voter ID law, but you know sooner or later one of these ID laws, which do not respond to any demonstrable widespread abuses of voting privileges, will reach the Supreme Court.
So is today's ruling a good sign for voters who are burdened by the Wisconsin law? This would include students, the elderly, those who are in care facilities, those who have difficulty taking off work or getting transportation, and people living where DMV offices are distant or open only very limited hours -- a lot of citizens.
It's a long road to the day we vote in a modern way by mail or internet, but every step helps.
Reference:http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/18/us/ju ... ip.html?hp