Wisconsin Judge To Hear Arguments On Photo ID Law

Monday, January 16th, 2012 at 7:28 am

A judge in Wisconsin is scheduled to hear arguments this week about the constitutionality of Wisconsin’s new voter photo identification law.

Supporters of the law argue that it will help curtail voter fraud. Opponents say it disenfranchises groups of people who likely don’t have identification, such as the poor, minorities and the disabled.

The League of Women Voters filed a lawsuit in Dane County against Gov. Scott Walker and state election officials challenging the law. The group argues the state constitution bars only children, felons and the mentally incompetent from voting and the Legislature improperly prohibited a new class of people, namely those without ID’s, from voting.

The state Justice Department has filed a motion to dismiss the case, but Judge Richard Niess is set to hear arguments on Thursday.

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