State Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Voter ID Cases
The high court's decisions mean that the appeals court will hear the cases first. A trial that started today will continue.
The state Supreme Court Monday refused to hear Voter ID cases stemming from suits brought by two different plaintiffs.
Justices issued one-page opinions on each of the lawsuits from the Milwaukee NAACP and the League of Women Voters, but declined to comment on why they refuse to hear either one, according to WisPolitics.com.
A temporary injunction was issued first by one Dane County judge and a permanent injuction was issued by another. There is a trial that started today and now will proceed based on lawsuits filed by the Milwaukee branch of the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera. Both groups claim the law, which requires voters to show a photo ID before they can cast a ballot, disenfranchises minorities, the elderly, the disabled and students among others.
The state Department of Justice has appealed both injunctions, and it was the appellate court that asked the Supreme Court to review the cases. Now that the state's high court has refused to hear either case, both suits are back under the appeals court's jurisdiction.