NEW INFORMATION: Wisconsin justice has problems with voter ID

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A conservative-leaning Wisconsin Supreme Court justice says she has problems with the state's voter photo identification law.

The NAACP has filed a lawsuit challenging the Republican-authored law, arguing it creates an undue burden on people to obtain state-issued IDs and paying for copies of supporting documents such as birth certificates. The Wisconsin Department of Justice is defending the law.

The justices heard oral arguments in the case on Tuesday. Justice Pat Roggensack, a member of the court's four-justice conservative majority, told DOJ attorney Clayton Kowski she's concerned someone might have to pay for copies of documents needed to get an ID. She says that equates to paying the state to vote.

Kowski said some people will face a burden but 90 percent of Wisconsin residents already have an ID.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An attorney is trying to convince the Wisconsin Supreme Court to strike down the state's voter photo identification law.

The League of Women Voters alleges the Legislature overstepped its bounds when it put the requirement into place in 2011. The league's attorney, Lester Pines, told the justices during oral arguments Tuesday the mandate amounts to a new voter qualification that goes beyond the Wisconsin Constitution's requirements for voters. Pines said the mandate will destroy the right to vote.

Wisconsin Justice Department attorney Clayton Kowski is defending the law. He says the law is an extension of the Legislature's ability to set voter registration requirements.

The justices were set to hear oral arguments in the NAACP's challenge to the law later Tuesday.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) --The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a pair of lawsuits challenging the state's voter photo identification law.

The NAACP's Milwaukee branch and the League of Women voters have challenged the law in separate actions.

Dane County judges struck the law down in both cases. But the 4th District Court of Appeals deemed the requirement constitutional in the League of Women Voters' case, prompting the league to take it to the high court. Meanwhile the justices have decided to take the NAACP case out of the 2nd District Court of Appeals and decide it themselves.

Oral arguments are set for Tuesday morning. The court has allotted an hour on each case.

Two other challenges are pending in federal court in Milwaukee.


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