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Judge temporarily stops new voter ID law


MADISON (WKOW) -- If you're planning to vote in the Republican presidential primary, you won't need to present a photo ID.

That's because Dane County Judge David Flanagan issued a temporary injunction in the lawsuit filed against the State of Wisconsin by the Milwaukee NAACP and Voces de la Frontera, an immigrant rights group.

The injunction temporarily stops the photo ID requirement, at least until the case goes to trial April 16.

For months, county and city clerks from around the state have been training poll workers on how to carry out the new voter ID law.

Now, they have to put the brakes on, meaning poll workers won't be able to require voters to show a photo ID for the April 3 election.

"It's frustrating, cuz we've been training staff for the photo ID, on the envelopes, I think we just addressed like six different forms that had the photo ID on it and now we're not exactly sure how its gonna be addressed," said Barbara Frank, Jefferson County Clerk and the head of the Wisconsin County Clerks Association.

How it will be addressed is up to the Government Accountability Board, whose executive director told 27 News that not all of the law's provisions are being put on hold.

"A lot of the changes that were in place, such as the 28 day residency requirement and the signing of the poll list will stay in place," said GAB Exec. Director Kevin Kennedy.

Democrats who opposed voter ID say the judge's injunction should at least give people more time to learn the laws ins and outs.

"People think it's whatever ID they want to use and that's not the case," said Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee). "So, there's significant concerns from veterans, from seniors, from students and its only responsible to look at this law and the impact its gonna have."

But members of both parties know this ruling is only temporary.

And even if Judge Flanagan makes it permanent, that ruling is unlikely to survive an appeal.

A spokesperson for Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen said his office will likely file an appeal if there is a permanent injunction.

"Other states have proven when they've gone to the court system, I mean, there are systems almost identical to ours have been upheld," said Rep. Scott Krug (R-Wisconsin Rapids).

Governor Scott Walker's office released a statement on the injunction, part of which read: "Requiring photo identification to vote is common sense."


MADISON (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin judge has granted a temporary injunction to stop the state's new voter identification law that went into effect in February.

Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan granted the injunction Tuesday. It will stop the law from taking effect for the state's April 3 presidential primary election.

The NAACP's Milwaukee branch and immigration rights group Voces de la Frontera filed the lawsuit last year. A trial on a permanent injunction is scheduled for April 16.

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board did not immediately comment on the judge's order.

There are currently four lawsuits against the state's new voter ID law.

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