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“With these new policies, they are going to be looking at what is being allowed in and what is being blocked out of the system,” Wintz said.
Cotton is expected to introduce these new rules, as well as the new voting procedures, in the coming weeks.
While the Obama administration has been largely silent on the issue since last spring, Wintz said, the Republican party has made clear that it intends to block the changes.
“We did have one Republican governor who said he would sign, but then they ended up changing their minds,” Wintz said. “We have seen Republicans have been saying this is a new version of voter suppression.”
In addition to the new voter identification rules, Republicans have proposed a number of new changes to voter registration, including making voter registration a state-run process and allowing for more extensive purges of names removed from the rolls.
The voter registration roll is the last place in the nation where a voter’s citizenship status is recorded. There are many ways to identify someone’s citizenship status, including their driver’s license, foreign passport or social security card. As a result, there have been a number of lawsuits challenging these changes in the states of Washington DC, Wisconsin and New York, and other municipalities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Washington, DC.
This week’s vote of the Federal District Court is expected to rule on a lawsuit challenging the legality of these recent changes.
The case in question is the Wisconsin case of Wisconsin et al v. United States, which challenges the legality of voter registration changes in that state. In addition to challenging the changes introduced in Wisconsin, the case includes a challenge to the changes in DC. A case brought on behalf of New York and Michigan are also still pending.
The lawsuit is also the first of its kind in Washington – there is an ongoing battle between the Justice Department, which is suing a Washington