The photo ID requirement established as part of 2011 Act 23 has been enjoined by a state court injunction since the 2012 Spring Primary. Two federal court cases have also been pending. On April 29, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Adelman issued a decision in the two federal court cases which found that the photo ID requirement of Act 23 violates the U.S. Constitution as well as the federal Voting Rights Act. The Wisconsin Department of Justice has indicated it will appeal the federal decision.
Both state court cases are now before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which is expected to issue a ruling in the summer of 2014.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is still providing free state ID cards. To learn about getting a free Wisconsin ID card, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/drivers/apply/idcard.htm.
On March 6, 2012, Dane County Circuit Court Judge David Flanagan ordered the Government Accountability Board and Governor Walker to “cease immediately any effort to enforce or implement the photo identification requirements of 2011 Wisconsin Act 23, pending trial of this case and further order of the court.”
On March 12, 2012, Dane County Circuit Judge Judge Richard Niess declared "2011 Wisconsin Act 23’s photo ID requirements unconstitutional to the extent they serve as a condition for voting at the polls." The judge also permanently enjoined the defendants "from any further implementation or enforcement of those provisions."
Act 23 contains several other non-photo-ID provisions affecting elections, including residency and absentee voting. These provisions, including the requirement to sign the poll list, are still in effect. Please see the links below.
This page contains information for voters and local election officials about the law and its requirements. It will be updated as the Board develops new educational materials.
Learn about the History of the Voter Photo ID Law.
Information for Local Election Officials
|Federal Court Decision and Status of Voter Photo ID Law||05/01/2014 - 3:46pm|
|Photo ID Injunction Q & A||03/09/2012 - 5:59pm|
|Injunction Regarding Wisconsin Act 23 - Voter Photo Identification Legislation Impact||03/07/2012 - 6:43pm|
|New Training Resources Available||02/10/2012 - 6:44pm|
|Updated Key Changes to SVRS for Photo ID||02/10/2012 - 6:00pm|
|New Public Information Brochures on Obtaining a Free State ID||11/07/2011 - 1:37pm|
|Impact of Voter ID Legislation With Respect to Absentee Voters||10/07/2011 - 2:58pm|
|Voter Photo ID Law Clerk Advisory Committee Survey||08/26/2011 - 10:35am|
|Photo ID Law Update #6||08/04/2011 - 12:04pm|
|Photo ID Law Update #5 -- What We Learned from the Primaries||07/14/2011 - 3:11pm|