Highest Court Denies to Hear Voter ID Challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up a challenge to Wisconsin’s Voter ID law, ending the dispute and upholding the law that was passed in 2011.

In June 2014,  the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued its long awaited opinions (League of Women Voters v. Walker and Milwaukee Branch of NAACP v. Walker) upholding Wisconsin’s controversial Voter ID law (2013 Wisconsin Act 23) and declared the law constitutional.

However, the law was still on hold after the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision because Judge Lynn Adelman of the United States District Court (Eastern Dist. of Wisconsin) had previously ruled that Act 23 was unconstitutional and enjoined the law from being implemented.

On Friday, September 12, 2014, The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed Judge Adelman’s ruling (Frank v. Scott Walker and League of United Latin American Citizens v. Judge David Deininger) and dissolved the lower court’s injunction.

For a short time it was believed the law would be in effect for the November election, however the law’s enactment was put on hold as it entered federal litigation. With the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of the case, the law will now take effect.

The new law will not be implemented for next week’s election, however it will be imposed for all subsequent elections.