Impact

Wisconsin In-Person Absentee Voting

One Wisconsin v. Thomsen et al.

Challenging a provision that would have limited in-person absentee voting to one location per municipality.

Impact

Wisconsin Special Elections

Newton v. Walker

Obtained a writ of mandamus requiring Governor Scott Walker to call special elections in two legislative districts left vacant when the former office holders resigned to take positions in the Governor’s administration. In the process of the litigation the case was argued before two different judges and presented to three different courts. At each stage, the courts ruled in favor of the eight Wisconsin voters on whose behalf the case was filed, culminating in an order issued by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals denying Governor Walker’s request for an extension of time to comply with the writ of mandamus.

Active Cases

Wisconsin Student ID

Andrew Goodman Foundation v. Bostelmann

Challenge to Wisconsin’s restrictions on student IDs for use in voting; namely, that a student ID include the issuance date, an expiration date no more than 2 years from the date of issuance, and a signature, and that the voter who wishes to use the student ID independently prove current enrollment. The State saw a steep decline in student voter turnout after the student voter ID restrictions took effect.  The law advances no legitimate state interest—such as preventing voter fraud. Instead, it simply burdens, or “abridges” young voter’s right to vote—specifically to make it harder for young voters to vote because they are young voters. The suit seeks a declaration that the student voter ID law is unconstitutional, as well as preliminary and permanent injunction of the law.

Active Cases

Wisconsin COVID-19 Election Relief

DNC v. Bostelmann

Challenging four Wisconsin laws which, in light of the unprecedented crisis caused by the coronavirus, severely burden Wisconsin voters’ right to vote. Wisconsin’s current electronic and by-mail registration deadline requires that copies of proof of residence and voter ID accompany electronic and by-mail voter registration and absentee applications and require that absentee ballots be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.