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Wisconsin election officials call lawsuit 'power grab'

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An attorney for state election officials calls Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's lawsuit demanding verification of voters' identities before Election Day an unprecedented power grab.

  Lester Pines is the attorney for the Government Accountability Board.

  He told Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi on Thursday morning that the checks are required under federal election law.

  He says Van Hollen has no authority to enforce that law and his lawsuit is a "breathtaking" assertion of power.

  Assistant Attorney General Steven Means called that argument absurd and asked who could enforce election laws other than the attorney general.

  Sumi is expected to rule later Thursday on the board's motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

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