CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield Responds to U.S. Supreme Court’s Rejection of the Wisconsin Voter ID Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reject the Wisconsin voter ID case.

“The Congressional Black Caucus is deeply disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the discriminatory Wisconsin voter ID case, which will disenfranchise thousands of African American voters.  The Wisconsin voter ID law places unnecessary burdens on African Americans under the guise of combatting voter fraud.  These requirements seem benign but in application they will result in lower voter participation because many black voters lack the required identification.  The CBC remains committed to confronting suppressive and discriminatory election schemes until the right to vote is unfettered and protected for all Americans.”

Last month, the Congressional Black Caucus filed an amicus brief in the case against Wisconsin’s restrictive voting law.