Judge temporarily stops voter ID law
The Associated Press & WTMJ News Team
Cody Holyoke reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
Under Related Videos, you can watch the raw press conference by Voces de la Frontera and the NAACP regarding the temporary injunction to stop the state's new voter identification law.
MADISON- A Wisconsin judge has granted a temporary injunction to stop the state's new voter identification law.
Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan granted the injunction Tuesday. It will stop the law from taking effect for the state's April 3 presidential primary election. The Journal Sentinel's Dan Bice notes that Judge Flanagan signed a petition urging the recall of Gov. Walker.
The NAACP's Milwaukee branch and immigration rights group Voces de la Frontera filed the lawsuit last year. A trial on a permanent injunction is scheduled for April 16.
Government Accountability Board spokesman Reid Magney had no immediate comment on the judge's order. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Justice, which represented GAB in the case, did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
There are four lawsuits against the state's new voter ID law. It went into effect in February.
Governor Walker's Press Secretary Cullen Werwie issued a statement about the Dane County judge's temporarily injunction against the voter ID law:
Requiring photo identification to vote is common sense-we require it to get a library card, cold medicine, and public assistance. Governor Walker looks forward to implementing common sense reforms that protect the electoral process and increases citizens' confidence in the results of our elections.
Ensuring the integrity of our elections is one of the core functions of government.
We are confident the state will prevail in its plan to implement photo ID.
Rep. Jeff Stone (R) Greendale, the bill's sponsor issued this statement:
We're disappointed with what the Judge has ruled. We trust the Department of Justice will take the necessary steps to challenge temporary injunction. We've worked on this for 10 years. We believe it's a good bill. At the end of the day, Wisconsin will have photo IDs. It will just take a little longer.