September 23, 2014

Appeals court keeps hold on Voter ID law

A state appeals court has denied a second request to lift an injunction blocking Wisconsin’s Voter ID law. The Fourth District Court of Appeals on Thursday said it will not lift a permanent injunction stopping Wisconsin’s Voter ID law from being enforced. The court also noted that there’s no realistic possibility that a decision on the appeal will be made before the June 5th recall election.

A Dane County Judge issued the permanent injunction in a lawsuit brought by the League of Women Voters. The League argues the law is unconstitutional because it creates a new class of people who are not allowed to vote — those who lack a state-issued photo ID.

The decision comes just a day after the Second District Court of Appeals declined to lift a temporary injunction in a separate lawsuit. That case is currently awaiting a final decision at the circuit court level.