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Opponents of voter ID law want courts to delay ruling until after Election Day


MADISON (WSAU)  Three groups that convinced judges to throw out Wisconsin’s voter I-D requirement have asked the Supreme Court not to take over the cases and act on them before the November elections. The League of Women Voters, the N-A-A-C-P, and the Hispanic group Voces de la Frontera have asked the justices to reject the attorney general’s effort to reinstate the photo I-D law for November. J-B Van Hollen says the two circuit judges who threw out the law rejected a constitutional measure that most Wisconsinites support to stop voter fraud.

Van Hollen’s agency had asked appellate courts in Madison and Waukesha to overturn the rulings from a pair of Dane County circuit judges. But the appellate courts have indicated that they won’t have a decision before the November elections. And Van Hollen says the delays quote, “thwart the will of the people.”

A legal filing from the League of Women Voters said the Supreme Court had a chance to review the case in April – and the only thing that has changed is the political climate. The N-A-A-C-P filing said it would be wrong to restore the voter I-D mandate in a “precipitous” fashion, and it would quote, “produce confusion and chaos at the polls statewide.”

Both judges who threw out the I-D requirement said it discourages the poor, elderly, and college students from voting.