Second judge rejects Wisconsin voter ID law

DOJ will likely appeal ruling
Second judge rejects Wisconsin voter ID law

A second judge has declared Wisconsin’s voter identification law unconstitutional.

Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan ruled Tuesday that the state’s requirement that all voters show photo ID at the polls creates a “substantial impairment of the right to vote” guaranteed by the state Constitution. He called it the most restrictive voter ID law in the nation.

In March, Flanagan issued an injunction temporarily blocking the law. He made that injunction permanent in Tuesday’s decision.

Two minority advocacy groups filed a lawsuit in December alleging the law places a burden on voters.

Another Dane County judge permanently blocked the voter ID law in March in a separate case. Voter ID proponents would need to get both orders lifted to get the law reinstated.

A spokeswoman for Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said that Van Hollen likely will also appeal the latest ruling.