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UPDATE: Reaction to voter ID ruling

UPDATED Tuesday, April 29, 2014 --- 5:48 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's attorney general hopefuls are weighing in on a federal ruling striking down the state's voter photo identification requirements.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman in Milwaukee ruled Tuesday the requirements impose an unfair burden on poor and minority voters. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has promised to appeal.

Van Hollen isn't running for re-election. Jon Richards, Ismael Ozanne and Susan Happ are vying for the Democratic nomination. Brad Schimel is the only Republican in the race.

Schimel says he would appeal the ruling if he were attorney general as well. He says voter ID is the only way to ensure each person's vote counts only once.

Richards, Ozanne and Happ's campaigns all issued statements praising the decision.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, April 29, 2014 --- 3:22 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic legislative leaders are praising a federal judge's ruling striking down Wisconsin's voter identification requirement law as unconstitutional.

Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca says Tuesday's ruling is "an important step toward reversing the Republicans' anti-democracy agenda and upholding Wisconsin's proud tradition of high voter turnout."

Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chris Larson says "our freedom to vote has been defended" with the ruling by U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he will appeal the decision.

And Republican Sen. Mary Lazich, chairwoman of the Senate Elections Committee, decried the ruling as "judicial activism."

Adelman said in his ruling there was no evidence of voter impersonation in Wisconsin, and a person would have to be "insane" to try it because of the difficulty and tough penalties.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Republican chairwoman of the state Senate's Elections Committee is decrying a federal judge's ruling striking down Wisconsin's voter identification law, calling it "judicial activism."

Sen. Mary Lazich said Tuesday that she is disappointed but not surprised by the ruling from U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman.

Lazich, of New Berlin, also says she supports fellow Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's decision to appeal the ruling.

Lazich says her goal of transparent, open elections free of suspicion of fraud will not be deterred.

Adelman said in his ruling there was no evidence of voter impersonation in Wisconsin, and a person would have to be "insane" to try it because of the difficulty and tough penalties.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin attorney general hopeful Jon Richards says he's pleased with a federal ruling striking down the state's voter photo identification requirements.

Republican legislators passed the requirements in 2011, saying it would cut down on voter fraud. Opponents argued no widespread fraud exists and the GOP was trying to disenfranchise poor people, immigrants and senior citizens.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman in Milwaukee ruled Tuesday the requirements impose an unfair burden on poor and minority voters. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has promised to appeal.

Richards, a Democratic state representative from Milwaukee, issued a statement saying Adelman's decision upholds Wisconsin's tradition of high voter participation. He said if he were attorney general he would not appeal.

Campaign officials for the other three candidates in the race didn't immediately return messages.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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