Federal judge refuses to stay Wisconsin voter ID order

July 30, 2016

MADISON - A federal judge has refused to stay his order allowing Wisconsin residents to vote without photo identification while state attorneys appeal the decision.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman in Milwaukee issued a preliminary injunction this month allowing people who haven't been able to obtain IDs to vote in the Nov. 8 election if they sign an affidavit explaining why they couldn't get the identification.

State attorneys have filed notice that they'll appeal the order with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and asked Adelman to stay the injunction until the appeal is resolved.

Adelman refused to grant the stay on Friday, saying the injunction doesn't block anyone from challenging a voter's identity and some safety net must exist to protect the rights of voters who lack photo ID.

Associated Press