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Federal Judge Strikes Down Wis. Voter ID Law

Updated: 04/29/2014 2:10 PM
Created: 04/29/2014 2:08 PM WDIO.com

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A federal judge in Milwaukee has struck down Wisconsin's voter Identification law, saying it unfairly burdens poor and minority voters.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman issued his long-awaited decision Tuesday. It invalidates Wisconsin's 2011 law.

Wisconsin's law would have required voters to show a state-issued photo ID at the polls. Supporters said it would cut down on voter fraud and boost public confidence in the integrity of the election process.

But Adelman sided with opponents, who said it disproportionately excluded poor and minority voters because they're less likely to have photo IDs or the documents needed to get them.

Wisconsin's law was only in effect for a 2012 primary before a Dane County judge declared it unconstitutional.

ACLU: Judge 'vindicated' concerns about voter ID

A spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union says his group is "ecstatic" that a federal judge in Milwaukee has struck down Wisconsin's voter Identification law.

The ACLU was among the groups and individuals who sued to have the law overturned.

ACLU spokesman Dale Ho says Adelman fairly interpreted the evidence and his organization feels "vindicated" by the judge's decision.

Van Hollen pledges to appeal decision

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he will appeal the federal court ruling striking down Wisconsin's voter identification law.

Van Hollen says, "I am disappointed with the order and continue to believe Wisconsin's law is constitutional.  We will appeal."

Van Hollen is at the end of his second term in office and is not running for a third.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker has made the voter ID law one of his top priorities. He said last month that he would call the Legislature into special session to enact a law if courts ruled unfavorably.

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