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Judge: Voter ID lawsuit with Walker as defendant can proceed

Judge: Voter ID lawsuit with Walker as defendant can proceed

By the Associated Press. CREATED Mar 6, 2012 - UPDATED: Mar 6, 2012

 MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Dane County judge has ruled the League of Women Voters' lawsuit challenging the state voter identification law can proceed and that Gov. Scott Walker is a proper defendant.

Lawyers for Walker and the Government Accountability Board argued League president Melanie Ramey is not directly affected by the law and has no legal standing. Circuit Judge Richard Niess disagrees. He ruled that whether Ramey was affected or not was beside the point because the photo ID requirement creates an extra impediment to voting that's not included in the state Constitution.

The State Journal (http://bit.ly/Aj2IBj ) reports Niess wrote in his decision that Walker is a proper defendant because he has ultimate authority over rule making by state agencies.

Wisconsin Department of Justice spokeswoman Dana Brueck (BROO'-eK0 says the agency will "continue to defend on the merits.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj