Federal Judge Strikes Down Another State's Voting Restrictions

This time in Wisconsin
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2016 6:55 PM CDT
Federal Judge Strikes Down Another State's Voting Restrictions
A sign informs voters of the need for identification at the Olbrich Gardens polling location in Madison, Wisconsin, last February.   (Michael P. King/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

The same day a federal judge ruled North Carolina's voter ID law was racially discriminatory and unconstitutional, a federal judge made a similar ruling in Wisconsin. While he didn't strike down the state's entire 2011 voter ID law, Judge James Peterson did repeal big chunks of it, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Limits on early voting have been removed, as has a requirement that voters must live in Wisconsin for 28 days prior to the election. According to the AP, expired student IDs will also once again be valid at the polls. Wisconsin's voter ID law had been accused of unfairly targeting African-Americans, Latinos, and other people likely to vote Democrat. However, an appeal of Friday's ruling could keep the restrictions in place for November's election. (More voter ID laws stories.)

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