The state Supreme Court for a third time on Monday rejected a request by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to take up a case that voided Wisconsin’s voter ID law. The terse opinion was unsigned, and no one dissented from it. The defeat for the Republican attorney general came just 2 1/2 months before Justice Patience Roggensack faces re-election. The decision means the case will remain before the Court of Appeals in Waukesha. A second case is before the Court of Appeals in Madison. One or both cases are expected to eventually be decided by the state Supreme Court.
GOP Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans in the Legislature approved a law in 2011 requiring voters to show ID at the polls. Lawsuits followed and two Dane County judges struck down the law. One found the Legislature did not have the power under the state constitution to impose a photo ID requirement on voters; the other found the photo ID requirement placed an unreasonable burden on the right to vote guaranteed in the state constitution.
Van Hollen quickly asked the Supreme Court to take the cases, but the Supreme Court declined to take them in April. He repeated the request, but the Supreme Court again turned him down in September.
Van Hollen then asked for the Supreme Court to take one of the two cases, but the high court refused Monday
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