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updated 3:02 PM CDT, Oct 25, 2014

Photo I-D's Probably Won't be Needed in November

  • Written by Bob Gabrielson
  • Published in News

(5/1/14) It's getting more likely that Wisconsinites will not have to show photo I-D's in order to vote in November

.  Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald tells the Wisconsin State Journal there's very little room for the Legislature to act, in the wake of Tuesday's federal court ruling which struck down the I-D law.  Senate G-O-P President Mike Ellis said any attempt to pass a modified law in a special session would be an "exercise in futility."  That's because Judge Lynn Adelman doubted that lawmakers could pass any photo I-D law that would make it as easy for blacks and Hispanics to vote as whites.  Still, Adelman said he would review a modified bill if the Legislature can pass one in time for the fall elections.  Assembly Majority Leader Robin Vos says senators should go for it, and pass what the lower house approved last fall.  However, Vos fears that the issue would remain tied up in the courts when Election Day rolls around.  The state Justice Department is appealing Adelman's decision.  Both the federal and state courts would have to give the 2011 I-D law its blessing before it could be re-adopted.  A state case is pending in the Supreme Court, with a ruling expected this summer.  Republican Governor Scott Walker has said he wants some type of voter I-D mandate in effect when he stands for re-election in November.  

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