Federal Court Denies Wisconsin’s Request for Stay in Voter ID Case, Explains Basis for Decision

The federal district court in Frank v. Walker has issued this detailed ruling denying Wisconsin’s request for a stay pending appeal in the voter id case.  A stay would have allowed Wisconsin to use its id law in the upcoming election.  Wisconsin has already sought a similar stay in the 7th Circuit, and the 7th Circuit has asked for a response from plaintiffs by Aug. 19.

The district court ruling today not only denies the stay but defends the ruling against a number of attacks.  I think the order makes it somewhat more likely that the 7th Circuit will not grant Wisconsin’s request for a stay pending appeal.

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