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Litigation

 

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

Trump Calls for Voter Fraud Probe: A Look at Past Inquiries

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in Voice of America about President Donald Trump’s plans to launch a “major investigation” into voter fraud. Trump claims he lost the popular vote because as many as 5 million non-U.S. citizens may have voted illegally.

“As I understand the latest allegations, somewhere between 3 to 5 million improper ballots were cast this past November nationwide, which Trump claims accounts for why Hillary Clinton won the popular vote,” Foley said. “Even if there were 3 to 5 million invalid votes nationwide, we can’t jump to the conclusion that the election result was tainted, because we don’t know who they voted for.”

The odds of a non-U.S. citizen successfully casting a ballot are “extremely low, extraordinarily low,” according to Foley. Instances in which invalid ballots are cast or when voters’ names appear on multiple state voter rolls also don’t necessarily indicate voter fraud either, he added.

“Just because a ballot was cast that was invalid, which is a problem, doesn’t necessarily mean there was a conspiracy to commit voter fraud,” Foley said. “Fraud is a pejorative term that implies intentional deception and manipulation, as opposed to there being mistakes in voter registration lists.”
 


 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. District Judge Rules that Ohio Voter Services Website Violates ADA

A U.S. District Judge issued an opinion finding that the Ohio Secretary of State\'s voter services website violates Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act because it is not accessible to visually impaired Ohio voters. Judge George C. Smith ordered Secretary of State John Husted to make the site more accessible by September 29, 2017. As discussed in the opinion, the information on the voter services site does not meet established standards of accessibility for visually impaired voters who use screen reading software. The case is Hindel v. Husted.

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