UPDATE: Court sets arguments in Wisconsin voter ID case

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 -- 5:15 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal appeals court in Chicago has set oral arguments in the fight over Wisconsin's voter identification law for next month.

Republicans passed a law in 2011 requiring voters to show photo identification.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman blocked the law earlier this year after the American Civil Liberties Union challenged it, calling it unconstitutional. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse Adelman.

The court on Tuesday set oral arguments in the case for the morning of Sept. 12. Each side will have 30 minutes to speak.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge has denied a request by Wisconsin's attorney general to put on hold his decision blocking the state's voter identification law from taking effect.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman on Wednesday denied Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's request for a stay of his April order blocking the photo ID law. Adelman says he is denying the request because Van Hollen's likelihood of winning the case on appeal is low.

Van Hollen's spokeswoman Dana Brueck declined comment.

Van Hollen has appealed to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and asked it to also lift Adelman's injunction blocking the photo ID requirement. That appeals court has given opponents of the law until Tuesday to respond to Van Hollen's request.

The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the law in 2011.

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UPDATED: Thursday, July 31, 2014 --- 7:19 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld a requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls, but the law remains blocked in federal court.

Thursday's ruling has no immediate impact given that the law was struck down in April by a federal judge in Milwaukee. His ruling is under appeal, and a federal appeals court would have to overturn it for the law to take effect.

Four lawsuits have been filed over the law passed in 2011. The 5-2 Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling addressed two that were filed by the League of Women Voters and the Milwaukee branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The voter ID requirement was only in force for one low-turnout spring 2012 primary before being blocked by a state judge.

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Tuesday July 29, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court plans to rule Thursday in three major cases.

The court is planning to issue its ruling on the collective bargaining changes Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican Legislature approved in 2011, despite massive protests that led to a series of recall elections.

Elements of the law have been upheld by the state Supreme Court and two federal courts already.

The state Supreme Court is also planning to rule on a pair of cases challenging the 2011 law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. That decision is expected to have a limited impact given that a federal court in April ruled that the requirement violated the state constitution.

The court is also slated to decide a case challenging the state's domestic partner registry.

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