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League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Education Network, Inc. v. Scott Walker, 2012AP584, District 4, 3/28/12

court of appeals certification request; case activity

Voter ID Law 

(From the Certification:)

This appeal challenges a circuit court order that permanently enjoined implementation of those portions of 2011 Wisconsin Act 23 requiring Wisconsin electors to display government-authorized photo identification either at the polling place or to election officials by the Friday following an election.  The injunction was based upon the circuit court’s declaratory judgment that Act 23 violates article III, sections 1 and 2 of the Wisconsin Constitution.  The constitutionality of Act 23 is an issue of first impression and one of great consequence to all citizens of Wisconsin.  The appeal is also highly time-sensitive due to upcoming elections.  Therefore, pursuant to Wis. Stat. Rule 809.61 (2009-10),[1] we hereby certify this appeal, as well as two pending motions, to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

This case presents a purely legal issue as to whether the photo identification requirements of Act 23 are unconstitutional on their face. …

Companion case: Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP v. Scott Walker. Not necessarily directly relevant to SPD practice, but certainly the issues are of widespread interest.

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