Voter ID Will Not be Resolved for Recall Elections
The Dane County judge presiding over the lawsuit for Voter ID has set a brief schedule that puts any resolution several weeks past the June 5 recall election.
Any hope that the Voter ID issue could be resolved in time for the spring recall elections died today when Judge David Flanagan set the briefing schedule for the case.
According to a story from The Associated Press, Flanagan set the schedule so final briefs are not due until two weeks after the recall elections conclude. The judge said he chose the dates because Voter ID is complicated and attorneys need time to properly draft their arguments.
Flanagan issued a temporary injunction last month after the Milwaukee branch of the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera filed a lawsuit alleging that the Voter ID law disenfranchised too many voters. A four-day bench trial over which Flanagan presided wrapped up Thursday, but he didn't hear oral arguments and opted instead to set the briefing schedule.
Another Dane County judge, Richard Neiss, issued a permanent injunction against Voter ID after the League of Women Voters filed suit. That decision was issued a week after Flanagan's ruling on the law. The state has appealed the ruling, but when an opinion is expected is unclear.
Final briefs are due back to the court by June 18, well past the June 5 recall election of Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican state senators, including Van Wanggaard from Racine.