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Request for rehearing in voter ID case rejected

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MADISON (AP) — The full 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will not rehear the case challenging Wisconsin’s voter identification law.

The court on Friday said that it was equally divided on whether to take up a request to reconsider a Sept. 12 decision allowing for the law to be implemented.

The original decision was reached by a three-judge panel. The law’s opponents asked for the full 10-member court to consider hearing the challenge to the law, which argues the requirement for voters to show photo identification at the polls is unconstitutional.

In its Friday order, the court said individual judges may file opinions later explaining their votes.

The order says those in favor of rehearing the case were judges Diane Wood, Richard Posner, Ilana Rovner, Ann Claire Williams and David Hamilton.


  • Tonya

    Ironically, many people who are opposed to the voter ID law are actually ensuring that it will continue by making more and more services free. The last court ruling states that the ID law was illegal only if it would cost the voter to obtain the ID. (Thats the very short version anyway.) By setting up free birth certificate checks, free transpirtation, etc, the opponents are actually redycing all cost to zero and negating chance of an appeal.

    • Derrick

      The law in theory is NOT a bad thing. Voting fraud IS real, it’s documented and has been prosecuted. The reason that judges keep finding it unnecessary is because fraud is so rare that it almost never effects the election. You cannot have a law in place to right a wrong, when it wrongs more rights than it fixes. So, the only real argument was NOT against the Law, but against the process of getting an ID. If IDs are free, they can get free transportation, and they don’t have to miss work due to more hours, I don’t really see an argument against the law. At some point, there has to be some responsibility as a citizen.

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