Wisconsin Voter ID Law Struck Down

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 at 7:37 am

A second Wisconsin judge has struck down the state’s voter identification law less than a week after another judge temporarily stopped it.

Online court records say Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess issued a permanent injunction Monday. It will complicate plans for state board of election officials who want to have the voter ID law in effect for the April 3 presidential primary.

A different judge in a separate case last week granted a temporary injunction against the law taking effect for the primary. Attorneys for the state have requested to delay that order.

There are four lawsuits challenging the law, which was passed last spring. Supporters say it helps prevent voter fraud. Opponents counter there are few documented cases of wrongdoing. Minnesota lawmakers are also considering similar legislation.

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