A lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s voter identification law won’t be resolved before this spring’s recall elections. Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan set a briefing schedule Thursday that will extend the case at least several weeks beyond the general recall election on June 5, saying the matter is complex and he wants to give attorneys ample time to document their arguments. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and immigrant advocacy group Voces de la Frontera filed a lawsuit in Madison in December alleging the ID requirements create an unreasonable burden on voters. But state attorneys argue that few people lack photo IDs and that concerns about obtaining IDs are overblown.
Flanagan has temporarily blocked the law from taking effect while he considers both sides’ arguments. A four-day bench trial wrapped up Thursday afternoon after Flanagan said he didn’t need to hear oral arguments. He said he wants final positions outlined in briefs. He set a June 18 due date for the last set of filings.