Last week, Wisconsin’s 4th District Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that 2011 Act 23, the voter photo identification law, is constitutional. This decision by the Court of Appeals overturned a Dane County Circuit Court judge’s ruling against the law based upon a challenge by the League of Women Voters. According to the court, the State Legislature has broad constitutional authority to establish a voter registration system and set in place procedures to ensure that those seeking to vote are eligible under state law.
While last week’s decision is great news for ensuring election integrity, another challenge by the Milwaukee NAACP is currently pending before the 2nd District Court of Appeals. The voter ID law will not go into effect until all injunctions against the law are resolved. Wisconsin would join 30 other states that have laws in place that require voters to show photo ID at the polls if other legal challenges are similarly dismissed.