State Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Voter ID Cases

Both cases have been kicked back to the appellate court for review.

The state Supreme Court today refused to take up two lawsuits challenging the state’s voter ID law.

The court of appeals had asked the justices to directly take the cases that resulted in two Dane County judges issuing injunctions preventing enforcement of the requirement that voters show a state-issued ID at the polls before casting ballots. In both cases, the Department of Justice has appealed those injunctions.

The justices offered no comment on their decision in the separate one-page orders issued today in the suits filed by the League of Women Voters and the Milwaukee branch of the NAACP.

The appellate court will just have to do it’s job, I guess.  Attorney General Van Hollen’s office issued the following statement:

“We are surprised and disappointed,” said Dana Brueck, a spokeswoman for Van Hollen. “We continue to believe that prompt action is required by an appellate court, and we’ll continue to pursue this matter in the Court of Appeals.”


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8 thoughts on “State Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Voter ID Cases

  1. As long as we have a GOP-loaded Wisconsin Supreme Court, the best thing that can happen to any case headed that way is for it not to come in front of this corrupt-majority organ of government.

    The obvious partisan bias in both the Wisconsin and US Supreme Courts and the clear-cut bribery among the GOP members of the US Supreme Court no doubt has all corrupt justices worried about a possible backlash, including criminal penalties, whenever their political party eventually loses total power.

    What we’re seeing right now is a CYA maneuver by Wisconsin’s Supreme Court. Let’s take advantage of it while they’re gun shy. If the GOPs maintain a lock on the Wisconsin legislature, it will go back to business as usual, depending on the outcome of the national elections.

    I think the time is ripe for reforms in ethics codes for the elite top members of the judiciary. However there are so many things that are broken in the US, that too must wait in line as the more urgent, or most likely to be reformed issues are tackled by the responsible adults in our various governments.

  2. The only way reason liberals hate voter-id laws is because it prevents voter fraud. The only was liberals can win is through voter fraud.

    1. Silly Tom! Only Teabaggers commit voter fraud! Didn’t you know that?

      Yeah, there is voter fraud in Texas.

      True the Vote ought to all over this like green on grass, but oddly, it’s not even mentioned on their website. In fact, they have been as quiet as a snowflake on a feather about it.

      That might be because the tea party leaders in Montgomery County are the ones who committed the fraud.

      Seven tea partiers were indicted by a grand jury for voter fraud last week, and one of them was even a candidate for county judge.

      “More than a year since a state district judge ruled 10 Montgomery County residents voted fraudulently in a Woodlands election, a grand jury last week indicted seven of those individuals for illegal voting.

      The indictments stem from the May 8, 2010, election of The Woodlands Road Utility District No. 1. Ten individuals listed their voter registration address as that of a hotel in order to take control of the RUD board.

      Former Montgomery County Judge candidate Adrian Heath heads the list of people charged with the third-degree felony. Heath declined comment, saying he was looking into hiring an attorney. […]”



        You beat me to it again, Phil. That was exactly what I was going to post!

    1. No, not really. What I see are prosecutions, not convictions. I took a quick look at the Wisconsin data, much of which centered around a single, out-of-control US attorney who, back in 2005, was looking to make his bones with the Bush Crime Syndicate. He brought charges against 14 people:

      Cynthia C.Alicea: multiple voting (2005). See United States v. Alicea 2:05-CR-00168 (2005)
      Ethel M. Anderson: felon voting (2005). See United States v. Anderson 2:05-CR-00207 (2005)
      Deshawn B.Brooks: felon voting (2005). See United States v. Brooks 2:05-CR-00170 (2005)
      Theresa J. Byas: double voting (2005). See United States v. Byas 2:05-MJ-00455 (2005)
      Jiyto L.Cox: felon voting (2005). See United States v. Cox 2:05-CR-00209 (2005)
      Brian L. Davis: double voting (2005). See United States v. Davis 2:05-MJ-00454 (2005)
      Correan F. Edwards: felon voting (2005). See United States v. Edwards 2:05-CR-00211 (2005)
      Joseph J. Gooden: felon voting (2005). See United States v. Gooden, 2:05-CR-00212 (2005)
      Alexander T. Hamilton: felon voting (2005). See States v. Hamilton 2:05-CR-00171 (2005)
      Derek G. Little: felon voting (2005). See United States v. Little 2:05-CR-00172 (2005)
      Milo R. Ocasio: felon voting (2005). See United States v. Ocasio 2:05-CR-00161 (2005)
      Kimberly Prude: felon voting (2005). See United States v. Prude 2:05-CR-00162 (2005)
      Enrique C. Sanders: multiple voting (2005). See States v. Sanders 2:05-CR-00163 (2005)
      Eric L. Swift: felon voting (2005). See United States v. Swift 2:05-CR-00177 (2005)

      STATUS: 14 persons indicted; but only 2 persons convicted.

      Alleged illegal felon voting constitutes nearly all of the “voter fraud” reported on by the media in Wisconsin over the last six years, and represents most of the handful of cases prosecuted by the federal government. Wisconsin election crime laws require the establishment of a willful effort to defraud. Most of those identified as ineligible have not been prosecuted because they were never informed that they lost their voting rights until they completed their entire sentence. Until recently, Wisconsin’s voter registration application form did not clearly indicate that felons on probation or parole were ineligible to vote. One of the federal cases against the dozen or so people charged with illegal (felon) voting in the 2004 election was dropped when it was revealed that the defendant had registered to vote on election day in Milwaukee using his state offender id card.

      From The Politics of Voter Fraud, page 35

      The list you provided is a cheap piece of propaganda which demonstrates nothing more than a list of charges filed and has no bearing on the reality of so-called voter fraud. It certainly does not represent a list of people convicted of a crime.

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