Wisconsin Attorney General not optimistic Voter ID law will be settled by November

Nickalas Tabbert

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Friday he is not optimistic two lawsuits against the Voter ID Law will be settled by November.

“I’m not optimistic that they’ll (the appeals courts) even get the case before the election,” Van Hollen said to Charlie Sykes on WTMJ radio.  “We have pulled every legal maneuver out of our books here at the Department of Justice to try to get this case moving along.”

The cases were filed over the Voter ID Law in Circuit Courts, WTMJ said. 

On March 6, Dane County Circuit Court Judge David Flanagan ordered the Government Accountability Board and Governor Walker to “cease immediately any effort to enforce or implement the photo identification requirements of 2011 Wisconsin Act 23, pending trial of this case and further order of the court,” according to the GAB’s website.

On March 12, Dane County Circuit Judge Judge Richard Niess declared "2011 Wisconsin Act 23’s photo ID requirements unconstitutional to the extent they serve as a condition for voting at the polls." The judge also permanently enjoined the defendants "from any further implementation or enforcement of those provisions."

The high court sent the cases back to their respective Court of Appeals on April 16.  Since then, no court dates have been set.