State Supreme Court takes pass for now on voter ID

Appeals court to hear cases first
State Supreme Court takes pass for now on voter ID

Wisconsin’s highest court said it won’t hear challenges to the state’s voter ID law until a court of appeals hears the cases, a setback for Republicans who wanted voters to have to show photo ID to vote in November’s election.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday turned down a request to have the cases bypass the appeals court. That means it’s highly unlikely that the photo ID requirement will be reinstated in time for the election.

Republicans passed a bill last year that requires voters to show photo ID. But two Dane County judges said it impairs the right to vote.

Voter ID has become a hot issue around the country. Republicans said the measures would prevent voter fraud, while Democrats call them a political ploy to suppress voters.

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