Wisconsin voter photo ID law put on hold

A judge has suspended the Wisconsin voter identification law, which Minnesota Republicans use as an example of what they want to do.

A Dane County judge issued a temporary injunction that probably means the Wisconsin April 3 primary, which includes a presidential vote, will not feature photo ID. The Wisconsin attorney general plans to appeal the decision.

Like other parts of photo ID, Judge David Flanagan’s ruling was controversial. On Nov. 15, Flanagan signed a petition supporting a recall election against Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who is among those being sued.

The anti-photo ID lawsuit claims poor Wisconsin voters, especially, do not have photo IDs, so would not be able to vote. Flanagan’s ruling said that those bringing the suit showed “the likelihood of irreparable harm.”

The Wisconsin Constitution gives all eligible state residents the right to vote.

The Minnesota Constitution is similar, giving 18-year-olds who have lived in a precinct 30 days the right to vote, unless they fall into a few exceptions such as being a felon.

Wisconsin elections officials said early use of the photo ID law has gone smoothly.

In Minnesota, Republicans propose amending the state Constitution to require voters to show photo IDs before casting ballots. Like in Wisconsin, they say the move is needed to prevent voter fraud.

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