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Federal lawsuit alleges Wisconsin’s voter ID requirements for college students unconstitutional

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MADISON — A new federal lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges that Wisconsin’s voter ID requirements for college students are unconstitutional.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by Common Cause in Wisconsin and a 20-year-old Milwaukee School of Engineering student. It argues that Wisconsin’s student ID requirements are a pointless barrier to voting in the state.

The 2011 law created a photo ID requirement in order to vote. It spells out what has to be on a college ID in order for it to be used for voting purposes. Voters using college IDs to cast a ballot must also present proof of enrollment.

The lawsuit argues the requirement for student IDs can confuse and deter the new voters, making elections less accessible for them.

The lawsuit does not challenge the underlying voter ID law.

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