Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel asked the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals for an emergency stay of a district court injunction “requiring the State to permit a subjective affidavit exception to its photo ID law.” The stay would allow the state to restore it’s full voter ID requirement for the November election.
The Republican attorney general’s action Monday came in the wake of a ruling last month by a federal judge in Milwaukee that pared back the photo ID law by allowing voters without identification to cast ballots by swearing to their identity.
The decision by U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman in Milwaukee created a pathway for voters with difficulties getting IDs who have been unable to cast ballots under the state’s 2011 voter ID law.
But as Schimel noted, all the plaintiffs “fall outside the class” of voters who don’t have or can’t with reasonable effort get IDs, “which is fatal to their case.”
Schimel argued that the injunction will cause voter confusion and require “that the State expend substantial resources to implement and publicize a procedure that encourages violations of the law.”
Plaintiffs’ response is due Friday.