Voter Suppression: Wisconsin Voter ID Law Stopped 300K from Voting in 2016 Elections

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Voter Suppression: Wisconsin Voter ID Law Stopped 300K from Voting in 2016 Elections [Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons]
It is estimated that 300,000 eligible voters were barred from casting ballots in the 2016 presidential election due to Wisconsin voter ID law.

The Associated Press reports that “By one estimate, 300,000 eligible voters in the state lacked valid photo IDs heading into the election; it is unknown how many people did not vote because they didn’t have proper identification. But it is not hard to find the Navy veteran whose out-of-state driver’s license did not suffice, or the dying woman whose license had expired, or the recent graduate whose student ID was deficient.”

“Under the Wisconsin law, voters must present a driver’s license, state ID, passport, military ID, naturalization papers or tribal ID to vote. A student ID is acceptable only if it has a signature and a two-year expiration date. Those who do not have their ID can cast a provisional ballot that will be counted only if they return with the proper ID within a few days of the election.”

It is safe to say that Hillary Clinton’s lack of campaigning in Wisconsin was not the main reason she lost the election. Voter suppression, which mostly targets black and Hispanic voters, was meant to keep them home and assure a Republican win. Donald Trump won because of voter suppression and third party candidates Jill Stein and Gary Johnson.