December 21, 2014

State request to restore Voter ID law delayed

A federal appeals court in Chicago says it will not take up a request to restores Wisconsin’s long-stalled Voter ID requirement until after judges hear oral arguments in the case next month.

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen had asked the court to reinstate the law, following a state Supreme Court ruling last month that upheld the state’s requirement that voters show a government-issued photo ID at the polls. Van Hollen has argued that the decision should be enough for the court to lift an injunction issued by Federal Judge Lynn Adelman earlier this year, so the law can be in effect for the November 4 general election.
Adelman ruled that Wisconsin’s law violates the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments in the case on September 12.