MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ A federal appeals court in Chicago has set oral arguments in the fight over Wisconsin's voter identification law for next month.
Republicans passed a law in 2011 requiring voters to show photo identification. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman blocked the law earlier this year after the American Civil Liberties Union challenged it, calling it unconstitutional. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse Adelman.
The court on Tuesday set oral arguments in the case for the morning of Sept. 12. Each side will have 30 minutes to speak.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ A federal judge has denied a request by Wisconsin's attorney general to put on hold his decision blocking the state's voter identification law from taking effect.
U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman on Wednesday denied Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's request for a stay of his April order blocking the photo ID law. Adelman says he is denying the request because Van Hollen's likelihood of winning the case on appeal is low.
Van Hollen's spokeswoman Dana Brueck declined comment.
Van Hollen has appealed to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and asked it to also lift Adelman's injunction blocking the photo ID requirement. That appeals court has given opponents of the law until Tuesday to respond to Van Hollen's request.
The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the law in 2011.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is asking a federal appeals court to lift an injunction blocking Wisconsin's voter photo identification requirement from taking effect.
U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman issued the injunction earlier this year, saying the requirement is unconstitutional. Van Hollen asked Adelman in May to lift the injunction pending his appeal but the judge hasn't acted on the request.
The state Supreme Court upheld the voter ID requirement in a pair of state cases last week. Van Hollen filed a motion with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals asking the court for an expedited order lifting the injunction, saying they're likely to win the appeal and the Supreme Court's decisions bolster the requirement's validity.