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UPDATE: WI Supreme Court hears Voter ID arguments

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The state Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in two lawsuits challenging the state's 2011 law requiring photo ID at the polls.

The voter ID law has been stalled by court injunctions. The Republican-controlled Legislature has also resisted trying to pass the measure again, with changes, to make it more legally fool-proof.

Tuesday's arguments before state Supreme Court justices centered on whether lawmakers went too far in regulating the terms of voting and whether voter ID impairs the ability of people to vote. All sides agree that more than 300,000 people in Wisconsin lack the ID necessary to cast a ballot under the law.

"It would be shameful if Wisconsin would implement a provision that would be the strictest voter ID law in the country," said James Hall, president of the Milwaukee chapter of the NAACP.

"The plaintiffs only show who lacks ID. They did not show those folks could not get ID, and I think that's key to the analysis," said assistant attorney general Clay Kawski.

Even though some counties proposed waiving fees for the documents to get the ID, Justice Patience Roggensack still says paying the state to vote feels like a poll tax.

The state's voter ID law is also being challenged in a federal court in Milwaukee. A decision there could some soon.


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in 2 lawsuits challenging the state's voter photo identification law Tuesday.

The Milwaukee branch of the NAACP and the League of Women Voters have separate cases challenging the law requiring voters to show identification at the polls.

Dane County Judges struck down the law in both cases. The high court has allotted an hour on each case. There are 2 other challenges pending in federal court in Milwaukee.

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