Appeals Court Refuses to Stay Peterson's Ruling on Voting Laws

Appeals Court Refuses to Stay Peterson's Ruling on Voting Laws

Barring action by the US Supreme Court (highly unlikely), Judge Peterson's rulings overturning many recent changes to election law will stand for the November 8th election. Accordingly:

  1. Municipal Clerks may offer longer periods of in-person absentee voting, including on evenings and weekends.
  2. Early in-person absentee voting may be offered at satellite locations, not only at the Clerk's office.
  3. Absentee ballots may be faxed or emailed.
  4. The residency period returns to 10 days prior to the election. (Had been changed to 28 days.)
  5. Expired student IDs may be used as Voter ID, if they expired after the last federal election

Voter ID is still required!

Another ruling that created a new process to allow those for whom obtaining a voting-compliant photo ID would be a hardship to sign an affidavit asserting their identity has been stayed by a panel of the 7th Circuit Court. But the decision is being appealed to the entire 7th Circuit Court, and the outcome of any appeal may still affect the November 8th election.

Wisconsin State Journal article
Rick Hasen's Election Law Blog
Slate article