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League of Women Voters of Wisconsin v. Walker

Case Information

Date Filed: October 20, 2011
State: Wisconsin
Issue: Voter ID
Courts that Heard this Case: Dane County Circuit Court (Case 11CV4669); Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District IV (Case 2012AP584); Wisconsin Supreme Court (Case 2012AP584)

Issue:

Whether Wisconsin statute requiring voters to produce photo ID at the polls is constitutional.

Status:

Complaint filed 10/20/11. Defendant's motion to dismiss amended complaint filed 1/27/12. Plaintiff's motion for summary judgment filed 2/3/12. Decision and Order Granting Summary Declaratory Judgment and Permanent Injunction filed 3/12/12. Court of Appeals Certification of appeal for review by Wisconsin Supreme Court 3/28/12. Wisconsin Supreme Court's denial of petition for leave to appeal 4/16/12. Defendant's brief filed in Court of Appeals 5/25/12. Intervenor's brief filed 7/10/12. Plaintiffs' brief filed 8/20/12. Defendant's Petition to Bypass Court of Appeals and Motion for Stay filed in Wisconsin Supreme Court 8/21/12. Order denying motion to bypass filed 9/27/12. Court of Appeals opinion reversing trial court decision filed 5/30/13. Petition for Review filed 6/28/13. Petitioners' Brief in Wisconsin Supreme Court filed 12/20/13. Defendants-Appellants filed 1/17/14. Response Brief of Intervenors-Co-Appellants filed 1/17/14. Plaintiffs-Respondents-Petitioners' Reply Brief filed 2/6/14. Supreme Court opinion affirming court of appeals and upholding voter ID law filed 7/31/14.

See related Wisconsin voter ID cases: Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP v. Walker, Frank v. Walker, and LULAC v. Deininger

Dane County Circuit Court Documents

Court of Appeals Documents

Wisconsin Supreme Court Documents

 


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In the News

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White House drops Obama-era discrimination claim against Texas voter ID law

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in The Christian Science Monitor in an article about how the Trump administration dropped a discrimination claim against a Texas voter ID law. Viewed as one of the strictest voting requirements in the country by voting rights advocates, the law required voters to show one of seven valid forms of ID.

A federal appeals court ruled last year that the law disproportionately impacted minorities and those living in poverty. The court required the state to adjust its requirements before the general election. According to court testimony, Hispanic voters were twice as likely to lack proper ID under the law, while black voters were three times as likely.

“Voting litigation is increasing, not decreasing,” Foley said. “The main impression … is that when a law looks like it’s engaging in outright disenfranchisement of a valid voter, even conservative judges have been stopping that. [But] the judiciary is more tolerant with state legislatures adjusting issues of convenience and accessibility, if the adjustment is not outright disenfranchisement.”
 

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Info & Analysis

District Judge Dismisses Georgia Voter Rolls Case

In an order released late Friday, U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten dismissed a lawsuit filed against Georgia\'s Secretary of State by the advocacy organization Common Cause, which alleged that Georgia unlawfully removed voters from registration lists preceding the 2016 Presidential election. The case is Common Cause v. Kemp.

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