UPDATE: Wisconsin Appeals Ruling Striking Down Voter ID

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
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A federal court ruling striking down Wisconsin's voter identification law as unconstitutional has been appealed.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen filed the appeal with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday.

Last month U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman ruled that Wisconsin's law requiring voters show a state-issued photo ID at the polls imposes an unfair burden on poor and minority voters and violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection.

Two separate cases challenging the Republican-backed law are also pending before the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Van Hollen would have to win all of the cases in order for the law to be in effect for the November elections.

Van Hollen also asked Adelman to stay his ruling while the appeal is pending.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge's ruling striking down Wisconsin's voter identification law as unconstitutional seems to leave the Legislature with little room to act.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman said in his ruling Tuesday that given the evidence at trial that blacks and Latinos are more likely than whites to lack an ID, "it is difficult to see how an amendment to the photo ID requirement could remove its disproportionate racial impact and discriminatory result."

Republican Gov. Scott Walker's spokeswoman wouldn't comment on a possible special session, saying only that Walker believed the law was constitutional and would be upheld.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he looked forward to working with Walker and the Senate "to do whatever it takes to ensure Voter ID is in place as quickly as possible."


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