Appeals Court delays Wisconsin voter ID decision

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 put off a decision until next month on whether to put Wisconsin’s voter ID law back in place.

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen had asked the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate the voter ID law while it considers a lower court ruling that found the requirement to present a photo ID at the polls violated the U.S. Constitution and Voting Rights Act.

Wisconsin’s Republican-led Legislature passed the photo ID requirement and Gov. Scott Walker signed it in 2011.

Republican backers argued an ID requirement would cut down on voter fraud and boost public confidence in the integrity of the election process. But opponents say concerns over voter fraud were overblown and not documented, and the law was meant to reduce turnout among minorities and others likely to vote for Democrats.

A panel of judges said Thursday it would not decide Van Hollen’s request until after it hears oral arguments in the case Sept. 12.

Van Hollen wants the voter ID requirement in place for the Nov. 4 election.

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