Voter ID law correction—U.S. Supreme Court blocks implementation for Nov. 4 election


by Beth Kraft


Confusion regarding the implementation of Wisconsin’s voter photo ID law continues as federal and state courts grapple with the constitutional nature of the 2011 law.

Contrary to an article submitted by Buffalo County Clerk Roxann Halverson that appeared on page 10 of the Oct. 16 edition of the Mondovi Herald, voters will not be required to present a photo ID card when they head to the polls on Nov. 4.

According to information published on the state Government Accountability Board website, the United States Supreme Court issued an order late Thursday, Oct. 9, effectively blocking the implementation of Wisconsin’s voter photo ID law for the upcoming election.

The Supreme Court’s action in Wisconsin marked the third time the legal opinion on high-profile election case has changed.

The law was put on hold during early legal proceedings after state approval three years ago until a federal judge in Milwaukee permanently blocked the law in April.

The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago then issued an opinion on Monday, Oct. 6, upholding the law until that decision was struck down by the Supreme Court in a written order three days later.

There is no further information available at this time regarding when or if the state’s voter photo ID law will in fact be implemented for future elections.


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