Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Denies Stay Motion in One Wisconsin Institute Case and Implementation Guidance

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Yesterday afternoon, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals denied the State’s motion to stay Judge Peterson’s decision in the One Wisconsin Institute case pending appeal. This ruling does not affect the one aspect of Judge Peterson’s decision requiring the Department of Motor Vehicles to reform the ID Petition Process (IDPP) prior to the November election, which Judge Peterson stayed pending appeal. The current IDPP will remain in effect during the appeal of this case.

Partial Stay Issued in One Wisconsin Institute Case – Reforms to DMV’s Appeal Process Stayed Pending Appeal

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Late yesterday, Federal District Judge James Peterson partially granted a motion to stay one aspect of his decision in the One Wisconsin Institute case pending appeal.  Judge Peterson stayed the order requiring the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to reform a process known as the IDPP (ID Petition Process) within 30 days of his decision. Judge Peterson declined to stay any other parts of his original decision in this case pending appeal.

Federal Court Decision in One Wisconsin Institute Case

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Federal Court Decision in One Wisconsin Institute Case – No Impact on August 9, 2016 Partisan Primary, Absentee Certificate Envelopes and Other Forms May Change for General Election

As we communicated late on Friday afternoon, Federal District Judge James Peterson of the Western District of Wisconsin issued a decision concluding that six separate legislative actions were unconstitutional, in addition to an aspect of the Photo ID Law’s implementation by the Division of Motor Vehicles.  The Photo ID Law itself was not overturned by the Court. 

Voter Photo ID Requirement Not in Effect for April 2015 Spring Election

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Voter Photo ID Guidance 2015-2

Wisconsin voters will not be required to show a photo ID to vote at the April 7, 2015 Spring Election.

As you may know, this morning the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for enforcement of Wisconsin’s 2011 voter ID law, but because the Spring Election is two weeks away, the Attorney General has advised state election officials not to implement it at the April 7 election.  The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) represented the Government Accountability Board in defending the voter ID law.

Resources to Communicate Status of Voter Photo ID

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Disclaimer: The Voter Photo ID Law is in effect as of April 2015. Historical information in this clerk communication may not be current.

Voter Photo ID Guidance 2014-5

In our communication of October 10, 2014 regarding the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, we indicated that the G.A.B. would provide a template letter to inform voters that they are not required to provide a photo ID.  Attached is a letter that may be used for this purpose.  Please send this text to the following categories of voters:

Voter Photo ID Reminders for 2014 General Election

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Voter Photo ID Guidance 2014-3

This memorandum provides some guidance and reminders related to the Photo ID Law, based upon issues that have arisen and questions we have received.  Most of these points were covered in the G.A.B. webinar yesterday.  Because it has been over two years since the photo ID requirement was in effect, and some accommodations have been required due to the short period for re-implementation of the requirement, it is helpful for all of us to review these reminders and points about the law.