Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced Thursday that his office had filed appeals in two challenges to Wisconsin’s voter photo ID law. “Both of these cases involve novel constitutional challenges to the voter ID law,” Van Hollen said in a news release. ” Due to the important statewide legal and policy issues at stake, defendants are suggesting in their filings today that certification of both cases to the Supreme Court would be appropriate.” Judges in Dane County had ruled against the law in both cases one brought by the NAACP’s MIlwaukee branch and Voces de la Frontera, and the other by the League of Women Voters.
In the first case, Circuit Judge David Flanagan last week granted a temporary injunction, and on Thursday denied the state’s request to stay the injunction pending appeal. In the second case, Circuit Judge Richard Niess on Monday issued a permanent injunction against the photo ID requirement.
The appeal in the League of Women Voters case is filed in District IV of the Court of Appeals, locate in Madison, while the appeal in the NAACP case is filed in the court’s District II, in Waukesha, according to Van Hollen’s release. But the cases are likely to both be sent directly on to the Supreme Court as matters of great statewide public importance.
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