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Attorney General Van Hollen Wants Voter ID Law in Place by November Elections

After the state's highest court refused to hear the cases, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Tuesday he will appeal to the state's Supreme Court, asking it to overturn two Dane County judges' rulings that the law is unconstitutional.

State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pushing to have the state's Voter ID law in effect for the November election cycle, to overturn the rulings of two Dane County judges.

The law requiring voters to present identification at the polls was in effect for the Feb. 21 primary, but was later ruled , in response to suits filed by the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Milwaukee and immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera.

Van Hollen announced Tuesday morning he would ask the state's highest court to take up the two rulings, bypassing the state Court of Appeals. Additionally, Van Hollen said he would ask the Supreme Court to immediately stay each of the two injunctions against the law. In April, .

“No quarter has been given in defending Voter ID. My action today, now allowed under the court’s rules of procedure, gives the Wisconsin Supreme Court another opportunity to bring prompt, clear resolution to the law and settle this matter in advance of the November elections,” Van Hollen said in a statement Tuesday.

“People in this state are very frustrated that a common sense law enacted by the Legislature and signed by the governor has been blocked," he added. "While I respect the judicial process and the right to challenge a law in court, it is time for our Supreme Court to take control of these cases."

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin released a statement Tuesday arguing the law disenfranchises seniors, veterans and students, and Van Hollen's attempt to have it reinstated "reeks of partisanship."

“Regardless of whether you are a Republican, Democrat or independent, everyone can agree that we shouldn't play politics with something as important as voting — every eligible voter deserves to have the opportunity to make their voice heard at the ballot box," Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate said.

“This deeply flawed legislation has already, correctly, been halted by two Wisconsin courts," he said.

Meanwhile, Gov. Scott Walker said he couldn’t possibly know if the state Supreme Court will take up Voter ID, but he does think the law is common sense and protects the integrity of the voting process.

"(Voter ID) is a common sense proposal that can withstand any legal challenge," he said Tuesday during a stop in Sturtevant. "This is something Republicans and Democrats can agree on because it's pretty simple. If you need a photo ID for public assistance and just about anything in today's society, then why isn't it reasonable to protect one of the most important things we have and that is the integrity of each and every vote."

The governor also addressed critics who claim the law disenfranchises some segments of the electorate.

"There's really no barrier that can be established (because) ID's are available at no cost to people who don't have means," he said.

(Updated 3:50 p.m. Tuesday with comments from Gov. Scott Walker)
Patch Editor Heather Asiyanbi contributed to this report.

Tbone August 23, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Well first off we don't need photo ID laws. There has never been in recent history any evidence of any voter fraud. ELECTION fraud (i.e. tampering of votes by those in power) is a REAL problem but of course they have you looking over there while they are doing the dirty deed right under our noses. Since there are legit voters out there who don't have ID I think there should be a way around it. Do it like they do all over the world, an ink pad, a thumb print, and a signature. If you don't have an ID, why not allow a thumb print and a signature? But again like I said, there is no voter fraud and hasn't been for 100+ years. Those voting machines are WAY more likely to mess with our elections. European countries tried all these machines but they outlawed them since they were too easy to manipulate and way too likely to screw with the vote tally. Someday we are going to find out exactly how many elections have been tampered with via voting machines, county clerks, etc. and I hope we are able to charge these people with treason.
Randy1949 August 23, 2012 at 03:15 PM
@Luke -- Did he mean a form of ID with your picture on it to prove you are who you say you are? Or did he mean the kind where you have to produce a birth certificate to get it, even though you've been a registered voter for over forty years and proved your US citizenship amply at that time? And you have to pay to get that birth certificate?
The Anti-Alinsky August 23, 2012 at 03:27 PM
@Robert Merlin "If the Dems cheat so much, how the H did Walker get in? did the Repubs cheat even more?" No Robert, enough people in the state of Wisconsin wised up enough to realize the Dems were doing nothing but driving the state into the ground. After years of job losses and rising taxes, we finally decided to take our state back. The fraud has never been the 30 or 40% level. It's just enough to tip the scale in Dem's favor. We are a very, very, very mixed state. But the tide has turned towards the red and now the Dems have no choice but to cheat!
The Anti-Alinsky August 23, 2012 at 03:34 PM
T-bone, no argument on the electronic voting machines. My thought are that, even though it is more expensive and takes longer for the results, elections are important enough to have a paper trail. However, how do you measure voter fraud if there is no desire to enforce it? Right now, election officials can not question a voter's identity. And who in their right mind is going to admit to committing voter fraud, even anonymously? I will ask again, without the rhetoric, how can voter ID stop a person that can legally vote from casting a ballot?
Greg August 23, 2012 at 04:44 PM
@Robert, The Waukesha clerk issue was an isolated problem and is being resolved, but it has nothing to do with the issue at hand. Voter I.D. did not cause that problem. On the other hand, Voter I.D. would have resolved many of the voting problems seen in Racine County. Your first and last statement contradict each other. If I follow all of the laws and I vote, and one case of voter fraud cancels out my vote, who then is disenfranchised? ME! Minuscule or not, it is taking my rights away.
John Wilson August 23, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Luke – I guess my ESP was not working when I sent you a legitimate specific request for the “many organized voter fraud” incidents… or, perhaps you did not understand… because you were too busy flooding the blog with numerous “links.” Which of the 9-superflous links that you simply decimated the Patch with should I look at? I think that in lieu of the fact that you simply cannot substantiate even (1) legitimate instance, much less many, of the “many organized voter fraud” incidents you wrote about, we can dismiss your purely emotional claims regarding “many organized voter fraud” incidents as unadulterated fantasy or psychotic ramblings… of a deeply troubled mind… I thought so…
Steven August 24, 2012 at 01:14 AM
@Greg That part of the law has been stuck down by 2 separate judges as being unconstitutional. It is being appealed but as of now, it is not the law. You do not have to show ID currently.
Greg August 24, 2012 at 01:50 AM
The law is not being implemented due to injunctions by two liberal Dane County judges, that are trying to legislate from the bench. The injunctions just prevent the Government Accountability Board from enforcing the photo I.D. requirements. It's still the law.
Greg August 24, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Why?
Greg August 24, 2012 at 02:19 AM
I know that Milwaukee County made available 5000 free birth certificates and less than 3% were issued. Other counties did the same. There were several organizations that had vans, running throughout the city, to take people downtown everyday of early voting, for the June recall election. They should have made a stop at the DMV.
John Wilson August 24, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Greg - I know that there are 13-legged, purple Caucasian midgets on Mars and other planets too... How about a link or two for the source of "5000 free birth certificates..."
John Wilson August 24, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Greg - "The law is not being implemented due to injunctions by two liberal Dane County judges, that are trying to legislate from the bench. The injunctions just prevent the Government Accountability Board from enforcing the photo I.D. requirements. It's still the law." Can a "law" be a "law" if no one can legally enforce it? REAL “laws” have the power to control behavior and force compliance through penalties... I would suggest that this is a proposed “law”, only that and nothing more… Finally, the question is probably only an exercise in legalese at this point, as this particular "law" has no chance of being implemented for the November election.
The Anti-Alinsky August 24, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Here you go John: http://county.milwaukee.gov/VtialRecordsSystem9855.htm
John Wilson August 24, 2012 at 05:04 PM
The Anti-Alinsky & Greg - Yes, I'm aware that I can get a certified COPY of MY birth certificate, if I was born in Milwaukee County for $20.00. That is not the question I asked. [Feel free to insert any answer here...] "I know that Milwaukee County made available 5000 free birth certificates and less than 3% were issued. Other counties did the same. There were several organizations that had vans, running throughout the city, to take people downtown every day of early voting, for the June recall election. They should have made a stop at the DMV." How does this address the alleged "5000 FREE BIRTH CERTIFICATES", allegedly being delivered by VANS RUNNING THROUGHOUT THE CITY? What are these "several organizations?" What vans? What 5000 free birth certificates? If something like this happened, and Greg maintains that it did, perhaps you can provide me with a link to this story... rather than a link where I can fill out a form, with all birth information included, mother & father, with birth dates, enclose a check for $20.00, and send it in to the Milwaukee Country Clerk and obtain a certified copy of my birth certificate. THIS ISN'T FREE & IT CERTAINLY ISN'T 5000 BEING DELIVERED IN A VAN... [Feel free to insert any answer here]
Randy1949 August 24, 2012 at 05:20 PM
@Greg -- "I know that Milwaukee County made available 5000 free birth certificates and less than 3% were issued. Other counties did the same." All well and good, but what if you weren't born in Milwaukee County? What if you were born in a shack in Louisiana in 1930? That parish isn't issuing free birth certificates, assuming a birth certificate even exists.
Greg August 24, 2012 at 06:42 PM
John, "I know that there are 13-legged, purple Caucasian midgets on Mars and other planets too..." Did you find them with Google or the like? How about trying it for "Milwaukee, 5000 birth certificates"? You can even copy and paste.
Greg August 24, 2012 at 06:56 PM
John, You can read about the vans here: http://www.wuwm.com/news/wuwm_news.php?articleid=10491 The vans and birth certificate comments were two seperate issues, but the vans could be used to get people any form of required I.D. Have you been hanging around on Mars, with your little purple friends, for the past year? You really should get informed on the issues, then your comments would mean something.
John Wilson August 24, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Greg - Thanks. The VANS in your link were clearly provided for people who needed a ride to go VOTE… "I know that Milwaukee County made available 5000 free birth certificates and less than 3% were issued. Other counties did the same." “There were several organizations that had vans, running throughout the city, to take people downtown every day of early voting, for the June recall election. They should have made a stop at the DMV.” YOU STILL HAVE NOT ANSWERED: Where is the information regarding Milwaukee County making “available 5000 free birth certificates and less than 3% were issued” (?) What “Other counties did the same.” (?) I'm really NOT trying to be difficult here, just looking for some context and answers... And you think I’m on Mars?
morninmist August 24, 2012 at 09:50 PM
oh my!! Looks like The AG and the Teabaggers finally have a case for their imaginary "massive voter fraud"!! America United ‏@Progress2day WI Republican Legislator’s Wife Commits Voter Fraud, Robin Vos Red-Faced http://bit.ly/NkfFr5 #wiunion #wiright #p2 #p2b #tcot #GOPfraud
morninmist August 24, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Here you go. Vote for an honest person. bluecheddar1 ‏@bluecheddar1 There's a Democrat running against Robin Vos...her name is Kelly Albrecht: http://albrechtforassembly.com/ #WISpolitics #WIunion #p2
morninmist August 24, 2012 at 10:34 PM
rootriversiren ‏@rootriversiren Root River Siren: Voter Fraud Finally Found In Racine County! By Robin Vos' Wife! http://rootriversiren.blogspot.com/2012/08/voter-fraud-finally-found-in-racine.html?spref=tw
The Anti-Alinsky August 24, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Randy and John, If you are that concerned, why don't you get your fellow Libs to pay to get Mr. Louisiana's birth certificate rather than paying someone to register hundreds of fake voters? Something to think about.
TaterSalad August 25, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Billboard of the Year! http://weaselzippers.us/2012/08/25/billboard-of-the-day/
Erich August 26, 2012 at 05:19 AM
You would have to be a real loser not to have I.D in 2012. Do they even know who's running? Have these folks seen a automobile before? Geesh! The new I.D law will help sieve out some of the entitlement bums from voting.They always vote Democrat anyway for the handouts. Have any of these opponents of the law hear about the Acorn debacle? Hello!
Erich August 26, 2012 at 05:26 AM
Racism? No one cares about race anymore,just the gooey eyed white guilt,college brainwashed, fat,ugly liberals that think they are cool cause they are "edgy".
Erich August 26, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Your right! Where are all the poor Republicans complaining about the law. Never a peep from them. The left just wants the entitlement crowd to be able to vote. These backwards people probably don't even know any of the issues anyway.. They just choose Obama for the freebies or because he is black.
Randy1949 August 26, 2012 at 04:44 PM
My, my, Erich. Loser? That might be the case if elderly people with expired drivers licenses were allowed to use them to prove identity. A picture proves who you are, right? And long-standing legal registration in the precinct proves the citizenship issue.
Keith Schmitz August 26, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Taxation without representation is tyranny. Looks like the GOP are tyrants.
Keith Schmitz August 26, 2012 at 05:11 PM
You mean dumbassed billboard of the year.
morninmist August 26, 2012 at 07:53 PM
beyond dumbassed! vincemegna profile vincemegna SIGN THE PETITION!!! Tell JB Van Hollen to stop playing political games with our right to vote! bit.ly/NI5Pe6 #NoVoterID

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