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UPDATE: Trial In Voter ID Lawsuit

UPDATED Thursday, April 19, 2012 --- 12:30 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A challenge to Wisconsin's new voter ID law won't be resolved before this spring's recalls are over.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and immigrant advocacy group Voces de la Frontera filed a lawsuit in Madison in December alleging the ID requirements create an unreasonable burden on voters. State attorneys have countered few people lack identification and concerns about obtaining IDs are overblown.

Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan has temporarily blocked the law from taking effect while he considers both sides' arguments. A four-day bench trial wrapped up early Thursday afternoon with Flanagan saying he wants to see both sides' final positions in writing.

He says final briefs will be due June 18, nearly two weeks after the June 5 general recall election.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Thursday, April 19, 2012 --- 9:15 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Closing arguments are expected soon in a court case challenging Wisconsin's voter photo ID law.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and immigrant advocacy group Voces de la Frontera filed a lawsuit in Madison in December alleging the ID requirements create an unreasonable burden on voters. State attorneys have countered few people lack identification and concerns about obtaining IDs are overblown.

Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan has issued a temporary injunction blocking the law from taking effect. He's been hearing arguments in the case since Monday. Both sides were expected to make their closing arguments sometime Thursday.

Another Dane County judge has issued a permanent injunction blocking the law in a separate challenge brought by the League of Women Voters. The state has appealed that ruling.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Monday, April 16, 2012 --- 10:40 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An attorney challenging Wisconsin's law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls calls that an "onerous and unreasonable burden" during opening statements.

A trial began Monday in the lawsuit challenging the law brought by the Milwaukee chapter of the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera, an immigrants' rights group.

NAACP attorney Richard Saks says testimony will show there are hundreds of thousands of voters who don't have the required ID necessary to vote.

But Assistant Attorney General Carrie Benedon says the number is far less and the burden placed on voters isn't nearly as large or widespread as alleged.

Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan last month issued a temporary injunction blocking the law from taking effect pending the trial.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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Posted Monday, April 16, 2012 --- 8:15 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A trial is set to begin in a case challenging Wisconsin's law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, even as the state Supreme Court considers whether to take the case.

Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan last month issued a temporary injunction blocking the law from taking effect. A second judge issued a permanent injunction, and both decisions were appealed.

The state appeals court on March 28 asked the Supreme Court to take up the issue, saying speed was important given pending elections.

But the Supreme Court has not said it will take the cases. That means the trial starting Monday in one of the two lawsuits is proceeding.

That case was brought by the NAACP's Milwaukee branch and Voces de la Frontera, an immigrants' rights group.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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