As Tuesday's decision to strike down Wisconsin's voter ID law heads toward an appeal, one leading GOP state lawmaker does not see the legislature making a fix in time for the 2014 elections.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports that state Senate leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) sees no room for the legislature to follow through on the judge's order by then.
“It’s not going to be resolved for the November election," Fitzgerald told the paper.
U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman sided with the voter ID law's opponents, arguing it was tilted against minority voters, and violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection. In a Tuesday interview with TIME, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was confident that the appeals process would rule against Adelman's decision.
“We ultimately think that just like many other issues in the state the last several years that it will ultimately be upheld," Walker said at the TIME 100 event in New York.
Not all Republicans are on board with Fitzgerald and Walker's thinking. State Sen. Dale Schultz (R), who voted for the law but ultimately changed course, told the State Journal that the judge's decision parallels his constituents' feelings.
“This is going to keep more people away from the polls than prevent fraudulent voting because there’s just no evidence that it (fraud) is a real issue,” Schultz said.