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State asks 7th Circuit to stay judge's ruling on election laws

The state's Department of Justice is asking the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to place an emergency stay on a federal judge's ruling overhauling several election laws.

The DOJ had originally asked Judge James Peterson to reinstate the laws, but Peterson refused that request yesterday. He did, though, agree that the portion of his order requiring changes to the state's voter ID petition process can be on hold until after the November elections.

The DOJ is asking for a stay on Peterson's ruling, which blocked several election laws. Those measures include:

*restrictions on how many hours municipalities can offer in-person absentee voting ahead of an election and the restriction that municipalities can only offer it at one site.

*expanding to 28 days from 10 days the residency requirement before being able to register to vote.

*preventing municipal clerks from sending absentee ballots by fax or email.

*excluding expired student ID cards from the list of acceptable IDs to vote.

-- By Staff


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