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Wisconsin Voter ID Law Ruling Faces Attorney General’s Challenge

A Wisconsin court’s ruling that the state’s voter identification law is unconstitutional will be appealed to the state Supreme Court, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen told an appellate panel.

State Circuit Court Judge Richard G. Niess in Madison on March 12 invalidated the law, which requires otherwise eligible voters to present a government-issued photo identification such as a driver’s license, U.S. passport, or college or armed forces ID before being permitted to cast their ballots. Niess barred its enforcement.

Another judge in the state’s capital city, David Flanagan, issued an order temporarily blocking the measure on March 6. The attorney general said yesterday he wanted expedited reviews of both rulings. He also asked Niess to delay enforcement of his order during the appeal.

“Both of these cases involve novel constitutional challenges to the voter ID law,” Van Hollen said in a statement. “Due to the important statewide legal and policy issues at stake, defendants are suggesting in their filings today that certification of both cases to the Supreme Court would be appropriate.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Harris in Chicago at aharris16@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net

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