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Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin voter ID law

Polling equipment is set and ready at a local polling station in a Milwaukee County Parks building the day before election day in MilwaukeeBy Brendan O’Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Wisconsin’s voter identification law places an unnecessary burden on poor and minority voters and must be struck down, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. The Wisconsin ruling was the latest victory for opponents of voter ID laws that generally require residents to present a government-issued photo identification before casting ballots. A judge in Arkansas last week declared that state’s new voter identification law unconstitutional and a Pennsylvania judge in January struck down that state’s voter ID law. Minorities in Wisconsin are disproportionately more likely to live in poverty and those who live in poverty are less likely to drive or participate in other activities such as banking and traveling, in which a photo ID is required, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman wrote.

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