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Wisconsin AG Van Hollen asks for injunction preventing voter ID to be lifted

CHICAGO (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's attorney general says there's only "one remaining obstacle" to making people show photo ID's to vote in November.

J.B. Van Hollen asked the federal appeals court in Chicago Tuesday to lift an injunction which prevents the voter ID law from going back into place, while the court considers the merits of the law itself.

Federal Judge Lynn Adelman struck down the Republican voting requirement earlier this year, saying it goes against the federal Voting Rights Act by discouraging young and low income people from voting.

The State Supreme Court ruled last week in favor of the photo ID mandate -- and Van Hollen says that should be enough to put it back in place for November. However, the Supreme Court told the state it would have to come up with new rules, to make sure voters can get free ID's without having to pay for other documents which confirm their identities -- like copies of birth certificates.

Van Hollen says his Justice Department and the DOT are working on that.

On Monday, Van Hollen filed a legal brief to appeal Adelman's ruling, saying the judge made several errors in his conclusion.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)