Wisconsin judges refuses to allow enforcement of voter ID law pending appeal Katherine Getty at 11:19 AM ET
[JURIST] Dane County Circuit Court [official website] Judge Richard Neiss refused Tuesday to halt his ruling that Wisconsin's voter identification law [text, PDF] is unconstitutional. Neiss had previously ruled the law was unconstitutional [JURIST report] and the attorney general requested the law be enforced while they await appeal of his decision. The law requires a voter to display photo ID when entering a polling place to vote. Neiss's ruling earlier this month found that the law was unconstitutional because it went against the very idea of suffrage by preventing citizens from exercising their constitutional right to vote. Neiss's decision came after another Wisconsin judge issued a temporary injunction on the law. In his ruling, Judge David Flanagan found that Wisconsin's law was more restrictive [JURIST report] than new voter identification laws in other states. When Neiss struck down the motion [Green Bay Press Gazette report] he said he did so because when he found the law unconstitutional it is like "it never existed." He does not see any justification in enforcing the law.
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