Van Hollen files brief in Voter ID appeal
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, right, and Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen address the media, announcing additional counts for uspected serial killer Walter E. Ellis who was charged Thursday, September 10, 2009, with killing five more women. The new counts mean Ellis, 49, now faces charges in connection with the murders of seven women dating to 1986. Van Hollen was present to address concerns surrounding potential DNA samples of Ellis that the state crime laboratory did not have. Rick Wood/RWOOD@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Rick Wood
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is trying to convince a state appeals court that photo identification isn't a burden for voters.
Republicans passed a bill last year that requires voters to show photo identification. Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan ruled in July the law impairs the right to vote.
Van Hollen, a Republican, had state Justice Department attorneys file a brief with the 2nd District Court of Appeals late Thursday. The attorneys argued identification doesn't impose an undue burden because voters can get free state ID cards and the state has an interest in preventing election fraud.
Another Dane County judge blocked the identification requirements in a separate case. Van Hollen is appealing that ruling, too.
He also has asked the state Supreme Court to reinstate the requirements.