Voter ID unlikely to be reinstated by Tuesday

Display showing acceptable forms of photo identification for voting in Wisconsin during a 2012 election.
Display showing acceptable forms of photo identification for voting in Wisconsin during a 2012 election. (File photo)

MADISON (AP) – A federal appeals court has given opponents of Wisconsin’s photo identification law until after Tuesday’s primary to file their arguments as to whether it should be in effect.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen on Tuesday asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to quickly lift an injunction blocking the photo ID requirement. If granted, the law could be in place for Tuesday’s primary.

But the court late Monday gave opponents of the law until Aug. 19 to respond to Van Hollen’s request, meaning a ruling won’t come until after the primary.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman issued the injunction earlier this year, saying the requirement is unconstitutional. Van Hollen asked Adelman in May to lift the injunction pending his appeal but the judge hasn’t acted on the request.

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