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Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin's Voter ID Law

“We believe the Voter ID Law is constitutional," Gov. Walker says

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)-- A Milwaukee federal judge struck down Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law Tuesday afternoon.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman ruled the law violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection right.

Wisconsin Attorney General, JB Van Hollen, said he’s disappointed by the order and said the state would appeal it.

The law requires voters to submit a valid photo ID before voting.

The Republican backed bill was passed in 2011 as a means of cracking down on voter fraud.

However, it was only in effect for a 2012 primary before a Dane County judge declared it unconstitutional. 

Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, said that excuse is just a political ploy to deter people from voting.

“We’ve said all along this is about voter suppression.  They brought one case forward and it was of impersonation.  There is no fraud in this state.  Our elections are well run,” Sen. Hansen said.

Opponents of the law said it discriminates against elderly voters who may not have a driver’s license as well as minorities. 

Gov. Walker could call a special session and ask lawmakers to amend portions of the law so it could remain in effect.

The Governor told Local 5 in an e-mail, “We believe the Voter ID Law is constitutional and will ultimately be upheld.”

Gov. Walker also said he’s reviewing the decision for any potential action is taken. 

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