The State Supreme Court has upheld Wisconsin's photo I-D law for voting -- but it won't be reinstated unless the federal courts also give their blessing.
On a 5-to-2 vote, the state justices this morning dismissed lower court decisions that threw out the voter I-D requirement. A pair of Dane County judges had ruled in favor of the League of Women Voters and the N-Double-A-C-P, which contended that the 2011 I-D requirement discouraged minorities, the elderly, and young people from voting. Earlier this year, Federal Judge Lynn Adelman ruled that the I-D law violated both the U-S Constitution and the national Voting Rights Act. State Attorney General J-B Van Hollen has appealed that decision -- but experts believe it will be awhile before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago makes its ruling. As a result, voters will not need to show I-D's in the August 12th partisan primaries -- and likely not in the November elections, either. State Republicans say voters need to show I-D's to prevent fraud. Earlier court testimony indicated that 300-thousand Wisconsinites don't have acceptable I-D's under the law. The state's two U-S attorneys and two Justice Department civil rights lawyers say that's enough evidence to prove that the law disenfranchises certain groups.