September 20, 2014

State asks federal court to restore voter ID requirement

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen

Wisconsin’s Attorney General is asking a federal appeals court to lift an injunction that’s currently keeping the state’s voter ID requirement from being enforced.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen filed an expedited motion Tuesday with the 7th Circuit United States Court of Appeals asking for a stay to a permanent injunction issued by Federal Judge Lynn Adelman in April. The ruling is the only roadblock to having the requirement that voters show a government-issued photo ID at the polls in effect for the November elections, after the state Supreme Court last week ruled that Wisconsin’s law is constitutional.

Van Hollen argues that “the district court’s overly broad injunction prevents State and local election officials from enforcing a voting regulation lawfully enacted by the people of Wisconsin and designed to preserve and protect election integrity.”