State Supreme Court takes pass for now on voter ID

Appeals court to hear cases first

Published On: Sep 27 2012 04:19:29 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

Wisconsin's highest court said it won't hear challenges to the state's voter ID law until a court of appeals hears the cases, a setback for Republicans who wanted voters to have to show photo ID to vote in November's election.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday turned down a request to have the cases bypass the appeals court. That means it's highly unlikely that the photo ID requirement will be reinstated in time for the election.

Republicans passed a bill last year that requires voters to show photo ID. But two Dane County judges said it impairs the right to vote.

Voter ID has become a hot issue around the country. Republicans said the measures would prevent voter fraud, while Democrats call them a political ploy to suppress voters.