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Van Hollen wants Supreme Court to take ID case
MADISON - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he will ask the state Supreme Court to bypass lower courts and consider his appeal to decisions blocking the state's voter identification law.
Van Hollen told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Midday with Charlie Sykes" that he wanted the court "...to join the other case with it, and we're asking them to stay both of the injunctions so we can have Voter ID for the November Elections."
Van Hollen says the Department of Justice will ask the Supreme Court to hear appeals in both cases in state courts which lower court judges blocked implementation of the law.
"It is going to be completely in their hands after we file the motions today. They can either decline to take the cases, or they can agree to take the cases...or they can stay the injunction. What they can do in the timing is up to them," Van Hollen also told Sykes.
"The benefit we have here is that it's not asking them to do what they declined to do before. Now, they have more to work with, so they may have more of an inclination to take it...hopefully, they recognize the urgency of the situation, and allow the legislative and gubernatorial voices to speak and take the case."
One Wisconsin NOW spokesman Mike Browne said in a statement that Van Hollen was "using his taxpayer financed office to convince the partisan, conservative Supreme Court majority to do the political thing, not the right thing.”
Two other federal lawsuits in Milwaukee challenging the law are also pending.