Attorney General not optimistic voter ID settled by November elections
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he is not optimistic the state's two lawsuits dealing with the Voter ID Law will be decided by this fall's presidential election.
Van Hollen was on Midday's with Charlie Sykes this morning, "I'm not optimistic that they'll (the appeals courts) even get the cases before, uh, the election. We have pulled every legal maneuver out of our books here at the Department of Justice to try to get this case moving along. The Dane County Courts and the Courts of Appeals are doing nothing to schedule these cases and get them moving."
Click Here to listen to the Attorney General's interview with Charlie Sykes.
Here's where the cases stand now: There were two cases filed over the Voter ID Law in Circuit Courts. The judges in those cases issued separate injections on March 6 and March 12, 2012.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice appealed those injunctions, and the appeals were certified to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The high court sent them back to their respective Court of Appeals April 16th. Since then, no court dates have been set.
Van Hollen says, "It's inexplicable to be why the State Supreme Court did not take these two incredibly important and urgent cases, but once they sent them back down to the lower courts, uh, we are subject to their scheduling. Uh, and they have shown no sense of urgency whatsoever. So I am not optimistic."