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Wisconsin supreme court upholds state’s voter ID law

By Brendan O’Brien


MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a state law on Thursday requiring voters to have identification to cast a ballot, according to court documents.

The court wrote in its decision that providing a photo identification at the ballot box does not create a substantial burden to the voter, as claimed by the plaintiffs in the case.

“Photo identification is a condition of our times where more and more personal interactions are being modernized to require proof of identity,” the court wrote.

The 2012 law has not been in effect because a federal judge ruled the measure unconstitutional in April. Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has been appealing that ruling.

Wisconsin is one of several states that have been forced to defend changes to voting protocol. Judges in recent months have overturned photo identification laws in Pennsylvania and Arkansas.