Wisconsin’s controversial voter ID law, hailed as the ‘toughest in the nation,’ has been halted by Judge David Flanagan, pending an upcoming trial to determine if it will be done away with altogether.
The law is the product of Gov. Scott Walker’s infamous administration. Brought by the NAACP and immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera, this latest legal challenge to Walker’s photo ID requirement moved Judge Flanagan to issue a temporary injunction, which essentially freezes the law until trial on April 16th.
The NAACP must prove that a large number of people will be “irreparably harmed” by the new law. But as Colorlines notes, that shouldn’t be too hard since they’ve “got back up from Wisconsin poli sci professor Kenneth Mayer whose research found that over 220,000 people in the state lacked the kind of ID needed to vote under the new law.”