Van Hollen makes good on Voter ID remarks at Ryan rally
MADISON -- (WTDY) Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pushing to get Wisconsin's controversial voter ID law reinstated before the November election. On Tuesday, Van Hollen officially asked the State Supreme Court to bypass the Court of Appeals and reinstate the law, which was blocked by two Dane Co. judges in two separate cases earlier this year.
The move is not entirely suprising. At Rep. Paul Ryan's homecoming rally in Waukesha on August 12, Van Hollen told supporters that there was still a chance that Wisconsin's new voter ID law would be in place for the November presidential election.
"Let me tell you ladies and gentlemen, I think there's some hope," he told the boisterous crowd, which was chanting "Voter ID!" as he took the stage."We're going to be doing everything in our power between now and the November elections to try to get this law, that was rightfully and legally passed, reinstated."
Two Dane Co. Circuit Court judges ruled that the law violates the state constitution because it could disenfranchise some voters. Both decisions have been appealed by the state Department of Justice, and the Supreme Court has already declined one petition from Van Hollen earlier this year to intervene before the cases are heard by the Court of Appeals.
Two federal lawsuits against Wisconsin's voter ID Law have also been filed but are still making their way through the courts.