The state Department of Justice wants the U.S. Supreme Court to stay out of Wisconsin’s controversial voter identification case. In a brief filed Friday, the DOJ argued that there is “no legitimate reason” for the nation’s highest court to revisit the validity of laws requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. The American Civil Liberties Union and others sued in 2011 over Wisconsin’s voter ID law, which was passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker in May of that year.
In October, a federal appeals court ruled that the law was valid, but days later the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order blocking implementation of Wisconsin’s voter photo ID law for the November general election.
The DOJ argued in its Friday brief that there is no conflict in circuit courts over the law, and therefore there is no need for the Supreme Court to take up the case.