Wisconsin DOJ appeals injunction on new voter ID law Sung Un Kim at 10:29 AM ET
[JURIST] The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday appealed two decisions by the Dane County Circuit Court [official website] blocking Wisconsin's new voter identification law [Wisconsin Act 23]. The DOJ filed on behalf of the defendants in NAACP v. Walker and League of Women Voters v. Walker [opinions, PDF]. Judge Richard Neiss refused to lift [JURIST report] the injunction on Tuesday after the DOJ requested that the law be enforced while an appeal is pending. Neiss previously held [JURIST report] that the new law is unconstitutional because it impermissibly eliminates the right of suffrage for constitutionally qualified voters. This holding followed a temporary injunction [JURIST report] of the Wisconsin law by Circuit Court Judge David Flanagan who said that the law was more restrictive than similar laws that have been upheld in other states.
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