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Wisconsin voter ID law rejected by second judge

by Admin 19. July 2012 15:26

Legislation that would require Wisconsin residents to present photo ID cards before voting in elections took another hit recently after a second judge declared the law unconstitutional, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

According to the news source, Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan wrote in his ruling that the potential voter ID law would be a "substantial impairment of the right to vote," which is guaranteed by the state's constitution.

The move to block the legislation comes after Flanagan issued a temporary injunction in March, because the plaintiffs - which included the Milwaukee branch of the NAACP and immigrant group Voces de la Frontera - were expected to win their case, according to the news provider.

Flanagan's ruling marks the second rejection of the law, after Richard Niess, another Dane County judge, sided with the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and decided to permanently block it in March. The second rejection reportedly makes it even more difficult for supporters of the voter ID legislation to win approval, according to the news source.

Voter ID laws have become a major discussion point around the country, as a number of states have proposed such legislation. The fate of a similar law in Texas is currently in the hands of federal judges, with the Justice Department already having rejected the legislation earlier this year, according to reports.

Under the proposed Texas law, acceptable forms of voter identification would include military IDs, U.S. passports, Department of Public Safety voter cards, U.S. citizenship certificates and licenses for concealed handguns, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Student IDs, however, would not be accepted, the news source said. 

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