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Republicans, Democrats react to voter ID ruling

Cody Holyoke

Republicans, Democrats react to voter ID ruling

CREATED Mar. 12, 2012

PEWAUKEE - Greeted by supporters at an event hosted by Newsradio 620 WTMJ, Governor Scott Walker shot back at Judge Richard Niess, who issued a permanent injunction Monday and essentially stopped the state's new Voter ID law.

"You’ve got, again, another activist judge who’s trying to enforce his own political agenda instead of what actually the law is, and the law is very clear," Walker said.

Constitutional law professor Ed Fallone of Marquette University believes -- with recalls in the balance -- the injunction will likely make its way to the state's highest court .

"I'm confident it will get appealed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and they will have the final say, because they are the last word on what the Wisconsin Constitution means," Fallone said.

It could be tricky to reverse the ruling, according to Fallone--especially since Niess cited the constitutional rights of voters.

"The [Wisconsin] Constitution does not allow you to add any additional qualifications," Fallone explained.

Democrats agree with the judgment and hope the decision will stick.

"It's part of our liberty, and in trying to stop that, you should have to jump through a bunch of hurdles," said State Senator Chris Larson of Milwaukee.

Greendale Representative Jeff Stone, the bill's sponsor, tells TODAY'S TMJ4 he's already battled to pass the law before.  He believes the Wisconsin Supreme Court should make a decision once and for all.

"I think we need an answer quickly that says, 'This is the law of Wisconsin,' and allows us to move forward," Stone said.

 

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