Supreme Court Again Declines to Hear Voter ID Case

On Monday, the justices tossed a case challenging the 2011 Voter ID law back to the appellate court. This marks the third time the state's high court has declined to pick up the case.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court won't weigh in on the court challenge to the voter ID law, declining to pick up the case.

Their decision means the case will stay before the Court of Appeals in Waukesha, according to the Journal-Sentinel.

The law in question, approved by the Legislature in 2011, requires voters to show a photo ID at the polls. But there were legal challenges, and two Dane County judges struck down the law. One said the Legislature did not have the power to impose a photo ID requirement on voters, the JS reported, and the other found the photo ID requirement "placed an unreasonable burden on the right to vote."

This refusal—included as a pdf above—marks the third time the Supreme Court has declined to take up the issue. Challenges to the law were raised by Voces de la Frontera (the plaintiff in the appeal the Supreme Court denied Monday), the Milwaukee branch of the NAACP and the League of Women Voters, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. 

Two of the three appeals remain with appellate courts, the League of Women Voters challenge and the Voces de la Frontera case in District 2 out of Waukesha.

Even though the law was struck down, according to the Government Accountability Board, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation continues to offer free photo IDs to Wisconsin voters who tell Department of Motor Vehicles staff that they require a photo ID to vote.


CowDung January 16, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Randy: The Federal REAL ID program requires proof of citizenship for renewal of drivers license. Everyone will have to do it within the next few years...
Frances Martin January 16, 2013 at 08:11 PM
microchipped and robotized
John Wilson January 17, 2013 at 12:00 AM
CowDung – That’s what congressman Senselessbrenner thought too, when he attached his intrusive and inane Real ID bill to a “must pass” appropriations bill back in 2005… and yet, here we are…
Randy1949 January 17, 2013 at 12:16 AM
@CowDung -- So non-citizens won't be able to drive? People who can't produce a birth certificate, even though they've been licensed drivers for years, won't be able to drive?
CowDung January 17, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Apparently so. You need to have one or more of the following: --Valid U.S. passport or passport card. --U.S. State or local government issued Certificate of Birth. (Wisconsin will not accept Puerto Rican birth certificates issued before July 1, 2010 in line with Puerto Rico’s law as of October 30, 2010. More information at: www.pr.gov). --Consular report of birth abroad. --Valid I-551, permanent resident card (issued by the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. citizenship and immigration services). Non-expiring I-551 (issued 1977-1989) cards are acceptable. --U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (federal form N-550). --Certificate of U.S. Citizenship (federal form N-560). --Employment Authorization Document. --Unexpired foreign passport with a valid unexpired U.S. visa affixed accompanied by the approved I-94 form documenting the applicants most recent admittance into the U.S.


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