Federal Trial Over Wisconsin Voter-ID Law to Begin

By: AP
By: AP

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A federal trial to decide two separate challenges to Wisconsin's voter photo-identification law is set to begin in Milwaukee.

The law passed in 2011 but was blocked after the February 2012 primary when a Dane County judge declared it unconstitutional.

The measure requires voters to show a state-issued ID before they can vote. Supporters say the Republican-backed law is needed to combat voter fraud, but opponents say there's so little evidence of fraud that it's actually a tactic to disenfranchise poor and minority voters.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the League of United Latin American Citizens have filed a federal lawsuit over the measure. Their cases are being consolidated in a trial that begins Monday.

The state Justice Department says voter ID ensures that elections are conducted with integrity.

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