With a statewide election coming up in just a few weeks, the state’s top election official says immediate appeals of court injunctions blocking Wisconsin’s Voter ID requirement could cause too much confusion. The injunctions were issued by two Dane County judges who, in rulings tied to separate lawsuits, found there is enough evidence to show the Voter ID law approved by lawmakers last year could be unconstitutional. The Department of Justice has appealed both decisions, although state Government Accountability Board director Kevin Kennedy says they advised the Attorney General that a quick reversal could cause problems during next month’s election. Kennedy says it would be better if nothing changed between now and April 3rd, when local elections and the state’s presidential primary are scheduled to take place.
Kennedy says overturning the decision too close to the election could put the public and the clerks in a “yo-yo type position.”
As for why the Attorney General pursued an appeal right away, Kennedy says his agency’s role is only to advise and administer the law. He says the DOJ has an interest in defending the law as it was passed by the Legislature.