NEW INFORMATION: Ruling puts chances of special session in doubt

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge's ruling striking down Wisconsin's voter identification law as unconstitutional seems to leave the Legislature with little room to act.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman said in his ruling Tuesday that given the evidence at trial that blacks and Latinos are more likely than whites to lack an ID, "it is difficult to see how an amendment to the photo ID requirement could remove its disproportionate racial impact and discriminatory result."

Republican Gov. Scott Walker's spokeswoman wouldn't comment on a possible special session, saying only that Walker believed the law was constitutional and would be upheld.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he looked forward to working with Walker and the Senate "to do whatever it takes to ensure Voter ID is in place as quickly as possible."
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) --A federal court ruling striking down Wisconsin's law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls could lead to lawmakers returning for a special session.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker said last month that he would call lawmakers back if the courts ruled against the law. Walker signed it in 2011 and has made it a priority.

But Walker's spokeswoman Laurel Patrick wouldn't comment Tuesday on a possible special session, saying only that the governor believed the law was constitutional and would ultimately be upheld. Patrick says the decision is being reviewed for "any potential action."

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman sided with opponents of the law and ruled that the law violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection. A separate challenge is pending before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal court ruling striking down Wisconsin's law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls could lead to lawmakers returning for a special session.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker said last month that he would call lawmakers into special session if the courts ruled against the law. Walker signed it in 2011 and has made it a priority.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman on Tuesday sided with opponents of the law and ruled that the law violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection. A separate challenge is pending before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Walker's spokeswoman says a reaction to the ruling was coming shortly.

Republican legislative leaders have said they would support a special session to pass a law that could be in effect for the November elections.


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