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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

 3:40 PM 

DOJ weighing options after judge orders affidavit option for voters without photo ID

The state Department of Justice is weighing its options after a federal judge ruled today those who do not have an ID and have trouble getting one must be allowed to vote in November by filling out an affidavit swearing to their identity.

Sean Young, an attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, meanwhile, hailed the decision.

“Wisconsin’s voter ID law has been a mistake from day one,” Young said. “This ruling is a strong rebuke of the state’s efforts to limit access to the ballot box. It means that a failsafe will be in place in November for voters who have had difficulty obtaining ID.”

Judge Lynn Adelman’s order will not apply to the Aug. 9 primary. But he ordered the state to have the process in place for the Nov. 8 general election.

“We are disappointed with the court's decision,” AG Brad Schimel said. “We will decide the next course of action after Wisconsin Department of Justice attorneys have had time to fully review and analyze the court's decision.”

Read the decision.

-- By JR Ross


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