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Voters will have to show a photo ID when they go to the polls in November.
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision Friday afternoon, according to a story at WISN 12 News.
After U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman in April said the law was unconstitutional, state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen took the state’s case for Voter ID to the appellate court.
The ruling states, in part, “The State of Wisconsin may, if it wishes (and if it is appropriate under rules of state law), enforce the photo ID requirement in this November’s elections.”
Lawsuits were filed in 2011 almost immediately after the law was passed by several groups including the League of Women Voters, Milwaukee NAACP and Voces de la Frontera. The appellate court’s decision Friday gives the Government Accountability Board the green light to help local clerks implement the measure for the November election.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Burlington, issued a statement shortly after the court’s ruling was released.
“This is great news for Wisconsin and its voters. Our state has waited far too long to have Voter ID reinstated. Today’s decision confirms that a single liberal judge tried to highjack this law. It was found constitutional by our state Supreme Court, overwhelmingly supported by the public and thankfully, can now be in place for the November election,” he said.
The court’s decision Friday sides with lawyers for the state who asked that the law be immediately reinstated for the November election. Judges have not yet ruled specifically on Van Hollen’s appeal.