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Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP v. Walker

Case Information

Date Filed: December 16, 2011
State: Wisconsin
Issue: Voter ID
Courts that Heard this Case: Dane County Circuit Court (Case 11CV5492); Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District II (Case 2012AP001652); Wisconsin Supreme Court (Case 2012AP001652)

Issue:

Whether Wisconsin statute requiring voters to produce photo ID at polls violates several provisions of the Wisconsin Constitution.

Status:

Complaint filed 12/16/11. Plaintiff's motion for preliminary injunction filed 1/18/12. Answer filed 2/6/12. Order granting motion for temporary injunction issued 3/12/12. Circuit court order denying Motion to Stay 3/15/12. Wisconsin Supreme Court order denying petition for leave to appeal 4/16/12. Trial held in circuit court 4/16/12 - 4/19/12 with decision expected after parties submit trial briefs by 6/18/12. Court of appeals order denying petition for leave to appeal and motion for stay 4/25/12. Permanent injunction issued by Circuit Court 7/17/12. Notice of Appeal filed 7/23/12. 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. Intervenors' Brief filed 10/10/12. Respondents' Brief filed 11/5/12. Intervenors' Reply Brief filed 11/21/12. State's Reply Brief filed 1/14/13. Petition to Bypass granted by Wisconsin Supreme Court 11/20/13 - case to be scheduled with League of Women Voters of Wisconsin v. Walker. Amicus brief of Disability Rights Wisconsin filed 12/13/13. Supreme Court opinion reversing circuit court and upholding voter ID law filed 7/31/14. Order dismissing Motion for Reconsideration filed 10/22/14.

See related Wisconsin voter ID cases: League of Women Voters of Wisconsin v. Walker, Frank v. Walker, LULAC v. Deininger

Dane County Circuit Court Documents

Court of Appeals Documents

Wisconsin Supreme Court Documents

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral Fix We Really Need

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral College winner should be the majority choice in each state that counts towards that Electoral College victory.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Gerrymandering Is Headed Back to the Supreme Court

Professor Edward Foley was requoted in Mother Jones about a gerrymandering case in Wisconsin on its way to the Supreme Court. Other legal actions on partisan gerrymandering in Maryland and in North Carolina may be bound for the Supreme Court as well.

While previous Supreme Court cases have noted that partisan gerrymanders are “incompatible with democratic principles,” The New York Times originally reported, the court has never officially struck a case down. While it remains unseen how the Supreme Court will rule in the upcoming cases, a 2004 ruling from a previous gerrymandering case could play a pivotal role in how the court stands in the future. 

“The ordered working of our Republic, and of the democratic process, depends on a sense of decorum and restraint in all branches of government, and in the citizenry itself,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote in 2004. Kennedy’s statement is “the most important line” in the decision, Foley told The New York Times, adding,  “He’s going to look at what’s going on in North Carolina as the complete absence of that. I think that helps the plaintiffs in any of these cases.”


 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider a gerrymandering case involving Wisconsin state legislative districts. The court also granted a request by the state to temporarily block the lower court\'s decision until the appeal is resolved. The case is Gill v. Whitford.

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