Wisconsin Voter ID Law Ruling Challenged by Attorney General

Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 06:39 PM

March 15 (Bloomberg) -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen told an appellate panel he is seeking state Supreme Court review of a March 12 court ruling that the state’s voter identification law is unconstitutional.

State Circuit Court Judge Richard G. Niess in Madison invalidated the law, which requires otherwise eligible voters to present a government-issued photo identification such as a driver’s license, U.S. passport, or college or armed forces ID before being permitted to cast their ballots. Niess barred its enforcement.

Another judge in the state’s capital city, David Flanagan, issued an order temporarily blocking the measure on March 6. The attorney general said today he wanted expedited reviews of both rulings. He also asked Niess to delay enforcement of his order during the appeal.

“Both of these cases involve novel constitutional challenges to the voter ID law,” Van Hollen said in a statement. “Due to the important statewide legal and policy issues at stake, defendants are suggesting in their filings today that certification of both cases to the Supreme Court would be appropriate.”

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