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AG Van Hollen will appeal 2nd court ruling striking down state's voter ID law


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s attorney general says he’ll appeal Monday’s court ruling that permanently struck down the state’s photo ID law for voting.

Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess upheld the arguments in a lawsuit from the state’s League of Women Voters – that poor, elderly, and minority voters would be locked out of the voting process, because it would be harder if not impossible for them to get the ID’s allowed under last year’s law.

But in a statement, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen insisted that the law is, “consistent with the Constitution.”

Monday’s ruling came six days after another Dane County judge, David Flanagan, issued a temporary injunction in a second state lawsuit against the voter ID law.

Van Hollen is also appealing that case, which was brought by the NAACP and a Milwaukee Hispanic group.

In an eight-page ruling, Niess said the state’s approval of the ID law, “sows the seeds for its own demise as a democratic institution.” And he warned that, “A government that undermines the very foundation of its existence – the people’s inherent, pre-constitutional right to vote – imperils its legitimacy as a government by the people, for the people, and especially of the people.”

Cullen Werwie of Governor Scott Walker’s office said it’s, “a shame activist Dane County judges continue to stand in the way of common sense.”

Government Accountability Board director Kevin Kennedy told local government clerks to keep preparing to implement the photo ID law, so they’ll be ready if the courts suddenly restore it.