Justice Department asks appeals court to stay Wisconsin voter ID ruling

Department seeks to temporarily block ruling
Posted at 6:07 PM, Aug 01, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State attorneys have asked a federal appeals court to temporarily block a ruling allowing Wisconsin residents to vote without photo identification.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman issued an injunction last month allowing people struggling to obtain IDs to vote in the Nov. 8 election if they sign an affidavit.

State Justice Department attorneys filed notice of appeal July 22 with the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. They asked Adelman to stay his ruling pending the appeal's outcome but Adelman refused.

The DOJ asked the 7th Circuit to stay the ruling Monday, arguing it's necessary to avoid voter confusion and the state would expend resources preparing an affidavit process.

Adelman's ruling is separate from a decision a federal judge in Madison issued last week loosening voter ID requirements.