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High court may hear voter ID appeal


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) – A state appeals court has asked the Supreme Court to decide if Wisconsin’s photo I-D law for voting should be re-instated in time for next Tuesday’s elections.

The Justice Department had asked the appellate court in Madison to restore the I-D law, after two Dane County circuit judges struck it down. But the appellate court said today it’s imperative that the state’s highest court resolve the cases quickly.

Four of the seven justices must first decide whether to take the case. And if they don’t, two injunctions against the photo I-D mandate will stand.

Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess (nees) granted a permanent injunction against the I-D requirement in a lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters. Judge David Flanagan ordered the law to be held up until a mid-April in a separate lawsuit filed by black-and-Hispanic groups in Milwaukee. The Justice Department asked that both rulings be reversed in time for next week’s presidential primary and local elections.

Justice spokeswoman Dana Brueck praised today’s appellate court ruling, saying the Supreme Court still has time to ensure that the law will be followed next week.

But League of Women Voters’ attorney Susan Crawford says it’s a complex issue, and the Supreme Court probably won’t have time to rule on it by next Tuesday.

N-Double-A-C-P attorney Richard Saks also doubted the justices could act by next week.