Appeals court won’t lift block on voter ID

Federal appeals court says no dispute remains on voter ID

A state appeals court has refused to lift an injunction blocking Wisconsin’s voter identification law.

The League of Women Voters filed a lawsuit in October challenging the law’s constitutionality. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess issued a permanent injunction blocking the law last month.

State attorneys have asked the 4th District Court of Appeals to reverse the decision and wanted the court to stay the injunction while it ponders the case. The state argued lifting the injunction would provide certainty for people wondering if they’ll need identification to vote in this spring’s recall elections.

The court denied the request Thursday. The three-judge panel said the state failed to show any harm would come from preserving the injunction since its final ruling won’t come until after the recalls.