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Wis. DOJ: Plaintiff dead, voter ID suit should go


MADISON (WKOW) -- The state Department of Justice filed a motion Friday asking that a federal challenge to the state's voter ID law be tossed because the only individual plaintiff died 10 months ago.

The lead plaintiff in one federal case is Bettye Jones, a black woman who did not have a birth certificate.

The state's motion says it recently learned Jones is dead and the other plaintiffs are organizations that lack standing to sue.

Jones's lawyer, Charles Curtis, says he believes the other plaintiffs do have standing.

The law requires voters to present an acceptable form of ID at the polls. A Dane County judge has blocked the law in separate litigation, and two federal cases are pending.

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