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Another judge strikes down voter ID law

An election official checks an ID in the primary Feb. 21. An injunction has halted Wisconsin’s new photo identification law. Image by Mike De Sisti

Another judge strikes down voter ID law

By The Associated Press & WTMJ News Team. CREATED Mar 12, 2012 - UPDATED: Mar 12, 2012

MADISON- A second Wisconsin judge has struck down the state's voter identification law less than a week after another judge temporarily stopped it.

Online court records say Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess issued a permanent injunction Monday. It will complicate plans for state board of election officials who want to have the voter ID law in effect for the April 3 presidential primary.

A different judge in a separate case last week granted a temporary injunction against the law taking effect for the primary. Attorneys for the state have requested to delay that order.

There are four lawsuits challenging the law, which was passed last spring.

Supporters say it helps prevent voter fraud. Opponents counter there are few documented cases of wrongdoing.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said that the Department of Justice will appeal Judge Richard Niess' decision.