AG asks Supreme Court to consolidate, take up voter ID cases

Cases are in appeals process

Published On: Nov 07 2012 09:51:27 PM CST
J.B. Van Hollen
MADISON, Wis. -

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen filed Wednesday with the Wisconsin Supreme Court a petition to bypass lower courts and consolidate voter ID cases.

Republicans passed a bill that requires all voters to show photo identification at the polls. The Milwaukee branch of the NAACP and immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera sued, arguing the law creates burdens for voters.

A Dane County judge sided with the groups, ruling the law impairs the right to vote. Another Dane County judge has blocked the law in a separate lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters.

Instead of having two appellate courts hear the separate cases and issue separate decisions, Van Hollen's petition asks the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take jurisdiction of the cases from the appeals court and consolidate the cases so as to expedite both cases and have one single oral argument before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Van Hollen said in a news release that this also would result in one final decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Regardless of whether the Wisconsin Supreme Court grants the petition to bypass, it is more than likely that both matters will ultimately be resolved by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Van Hollen said.