Class action lawsuit could be filed against voter ID law

Class action lawsuit could be filed against voter ID law

By WTMJ News Team. CREATED Mar 8, 2012 - UPDATED: Mar 8, 2012

MADISON- Four groups fighting against Wisconsin's voter ID law could file a class action lawsuit.

While the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera argued their suit in state court, the ACLU of Wisconsin already has a federal lawsuit pending, and is now considering taking it one step further. 

"One of the steps we could be taking this spring is to certify our federal lawsuit as a class action suit," said Stacy Harbaugh of the ACLU.  "We're both arguing that there's going to be a disproportionate impact on minorities.  In a federal lawsuit under the federal constitution we're hoping to continue the discussion we started all the way up to the supreme court."

Meanwhile, the League of Women Voters has also filed a suit, in state court.  "Our lawsuit argues that our legislature never had the authority to enact this law," said Andrea Kaminski of the League of Women Voters.

While Judge David Flanagan temporarily blocked the law, the attorney general says he will fight to get it back on the books for the April elections.

The state's Republican Party has filed a complaint against Judge Flanagan, neither the ACLU nor the League of Women Voters thinks the fact that Judge Flanagan signed a recall petition will affect their case.

"Judges have first amendment rights so they can sign petitions like that," said Stacy Harbaugh.

The League of Women Voters is asking for a similar temporary injunction.  That case will be heard Friday by a different Dane County judge.

The Gov. Walker administration plans to get the law back in time for the April election.

Meanwhile, the attorney general's office hasn't filed that appeal yet and a spokeswoman told TODAY'S TMJ4 they plan to file that appeal next week.