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  Wisconsin appeals court rules state voter ID law constitutional
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ContributorHomegrown Democrat 
Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  May 30, 2013 08:12am
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CategoryLegal Ruling
AuthorJason Stein
MediaNewspaper - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
News DateThursday, May 30, 2013 03:30:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionMadison — A state appeals court has overturned a ruling by a Dane County judge that blocked the state's voter ID law from being implemented.

The ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeals in Madison sent this case back to the trial court for further action. The law is still not in force, however, because the overturned trial court decision was one of two rulings blocking the photo ID legislation.

The appeals court ruling dealt with only one of those two cases.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, a Republican, acknowledged in a written statemetn the other outstanding legal actions.

"From the start, we have defended the constitutionality of Wisconsin's voter ID law. While today's decision is an important step toward full vindication of the law, we recognize that other challenges are still pending that address different issues. We will continue to defend the law and look forward to favorable decisions in those other cases as well," Van Hollen said.

Backers say the photo ID law will help prevent voter fraud and raise confidence in voting; critics say that it makes it too hard for the elderly and minorities to vote.
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