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Mar 28 / Erin Ferns Lee

Wisconsin Voter ID Lawsuits May Go to State Supreme Court

Wisconsin’s blocked new voter ID law may be reviewed by the state Supreme Court to determine whether the law should be restored before the November elections.

Earlier this month, the law was declared unconstitutional by two Dane County circuit court judges and was temporarily blocked from implementation. Civil rights groups–including the League of Women Voters and the NAACP’s Milwaukee branch–brought two separate lawsuits to challenge the voter ID law. The Second District Court of Appeals sent the lawsuits to the state Supreme Court because they “raise significant legal issues that affect the essential functions of the state, and because quick resolution is essential, the Supreme Court should take the cases,” according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

“If the Supreme Court agrees to take the cases, it could reinstate the state’s new requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls just days before Tuesday’s election. However, attorneys challenging the law said it is unlikely a decision would come that quickly.”


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