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Wisconsin Voter ID law struck down by federal judge

By Kyle Johnson,

A federal judge struck down Wisconsin's Voter ID law on Tuesday as he felt the state's argument wasn't strong enough.

District Judge Lynn Adelman said that the state was unable to prove voting fraud existed in the state, reports The Washington Post.

"The evidence at trial established that virtually no voter impersonation occurs in Wisconsin," Adelman said. "The defendants could not point to a single instance of known voter impersonation occurring in Wisconsin at any time in the recent past."

According to The Associated Press, the Voter ID law required voters to present photo identification when they go to the polls. Adelman felt that the state didn't necessarily make it easy for photo IDs to be obtained and could end up targeting minority voters.

Gov. Scott Walker had indicated in March that if the law was not upheld, he would be interested in pulling Wisconsin legislators into a special session in order to get another voting law on the books ahead of the elections in November.

That's the second Voter ID law to be struck down in little less than week. The AP reported on April 24, an Arkansas judge ruled their law violated state constitution in regards to adding new requirements on voters.

 

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