State of Wisconsin

Wisconsin Student ID Challenge

Common Cause v. Thomsen

Lawsuit filed by Common Cause challenging Wisconsin’s strict requirements for eligible student IDs, which mandates that a college or university ID include an issuance date, an expiration date, an expiration date not more than two years after the issuance date and a signature to be eligible. The lawsuit argues that these requirements create a barrier to voting for college students without any justifiable state interest in violation of the First and 14th Amendments. The lawsuit also argues that these requirements violate federal law because the absence of the required details are “immaterial omissions” that are not relevant to whether an individual is eligible to vote. A district court disagreed with the plaintiffs and entered judgment in favor of defendants.

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