August 23, 2014

Appeals court rejects Voter ID case

The Second District Court of Appeals has denied a request to lift an injunction blocking Wisconsin’s Voter ID law from being enforced.

The temporary injunction was issued earlier this year by a Dane County judge as part of a lawsuit filed by the Milwaukee Chapter of the NAACP. The appeals court says it will not consider overturning the ruling because the lawsuit went to trial last week and a final decision is expected.

Testimony in the trial wrapped up last week and both sides are scheduled to file briefs by the end of June. The judge could issue a permanent injunction or rescind his earlier order. Either way, the decision is likely to be appealed again.

The injunction is one of two court actions currently blocking the law requiring voters to show a state-issued photo ID. In the other case, a request to overturn a permanent injunction is still awaiting a decision from the appeals court. The state Supreme Court rejected an earlier request from the Appellate Court to take up both appeals.