Federal appeals court stays ruling on Wisconsin voter ID law
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An appeals court has stayed a federal judge's ruling which carved out an exception to a Wisconsin law that requires all voters to show photo IDs at the polls, but added the district court's decision is likely to be reversed on appeal.
U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Adelman issued a preliminary injunction last month allowing people who haven't been able to obtain IDs to vote in the Nov. 8 general election if they sign an affidavit stating why they couldn't get identification.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty asked for the injunction in June.
In staying Adelman's ruling, the appeals court in Chicago concluded, "both that the district court's decision is likely to be reversed on appeal and that disruption of the state's electoral system in the interim will cause irreparable injury."
Gov. Scott Walker called Wednesday's ruling a step in the right direction.
"The decision recognized that his previous ruling is likely to be reversed in light of Supreme Court precedent and would create more uncertainty for voters," the governor said in a statement.