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Wisconsin attorney general will appeal temporary stop of voter ID law

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Wisconsin’s attonery general plans to appeal a temporary injunction of that state’s controversial voter ID law which went into effect this year.

“My office will continue its efforts to defend the law, and I am confident that the Voter ID law ultimately will be upheld,” said Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen in a statement.

A Dane County judge ruled on Tuesday that voters would not be required to present a photo identification in order to vote, at least until a lawsuit against the requirement is resolved. The trial in that lawsuit is set to start April 16. If the injunction stands, the photo ID requirement would not be in place for Wisconsin’s presidential primary, which is scheduled for April 3.

Van Hollen also said in that statement his office would move quickly, “to ensure that the Voter ID law will be in full force and in effect before the April elections.”

The judge’s injunction suspends only the photo identification requirement of the law. Other provisions of the law, also known as Act 23, still remain in effect. That act includes the requirement for 28 consecutive days of residency to vote, the requirement for voters to sign the poll list and the end of corroboration for voters who do not have proof of residence.

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