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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)


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


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



Edward B. Foley

The Claim that the Media is Rigging the Election--and Citizens United

Edward B. Foley

This post floats a tentative thought, welcoming reaction to it (but isn't that in part what blogging is for? :-) Elsewhere, I've addressed the current claims that the election might be rigged through modern-day equivalents of old-fashioned ballot-box stuffing.  Here, I want to consider the other current claim being made: that the mainstream media is rigging (or attempting to rig) the election, as Trump, Pence, and other supporters of their ticket are claiming. 

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Mich.’s elections designer: No ‘easy path to fraud’

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in The Detroit News about efforts Michigan officials have taken to prevent widespread voter fraud. Among the precautions: removing more than 800,000 people from voter rolls who have died or moved out of state since 2011 and requiring voters without photo identification to sign an affidavit under penalty of perjury in order to sign a ballot.

“That’s a pretty good security system for the moment, especially in terms of protecting against hacking,” Foley said.

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Info & Analysis

Federal Judge Finds Florida Absentee Voting Law Unconstitutional

Over the weekend, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued an order finding part of Florida\'s absentee voting law unconstitutional. In granting the plaintiffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Walker determined that Florida\'s statutory scheme requiring automatic rejection of absentee ballots with signatures not matching those on file unlawfully disenfranchised voters. The case is Florida Democratic Party v. Detzner.

This case follows another Florida case in which Judge Walker ordered the state to extend the voter registration deadline by a week in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. That case is Florida Democratic Party v. Scott.

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