Wrangling in the Voter ID Cases
Now that both of the voter ID cases have made it to the Court of Appeals, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has requested that the Wisconsin Supreme Court bypass the Court of Appeals and consolidate the two cases. According to the Attorney General’s brief, “a quick and authoritative resolution of the constitutionality of [photo ID] requirements is of paramount public importance.”
The plaintiffs, however (the NAACP, the league of Women Voters, and Voces de la Frontera), have urged the supreme court to wait and have objected to any consolidation of the two cases. They would rather allow the cases to work their way separately through the intermediate court in the judicial system. Likely, they think their chances of victory in the supreme court are so low that their best bet is to slow the judicial process down to keep voter ID out of Wisconsin for as many elections as possible. They also improve their chances of keeping at least one injunction against voter ID in place for the upcoming elections if they keep the two cases – each being heard in a different district of the Court of Appeals – separate.
WILL supports the Attorney General’s request, and will be filing a brief shortly urging the supreme court to grant it. Our brief will prove the existence of voter fraud preventable by photo ID and demonstrate the prevalence of very close elections here in Wisconsin. The combination of those two facts create a foreseeable possibility of fraud changing the outcome of an election in the near future, which will hopefully encourage the supreme court to take this case now.
You can read these filings here.