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Judge takes up Wisconsin voter ID law

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Judge takes up Wisconsin voter ID law

CREATED Apr. 16, 2012 - UPDATED: Apr. 16, 2012

MADISON - On Monday, a judge in Madison has begun taking up the state's controversial voter ID law.

Republicans were hoping to get a reversal of a previous court decision to put the law on hold.

During the opening statements Monday, an attorney challenging the law called it an "onerous and unreasonable burden."

Wisconsin voters did not have to show identification at polling places for the April 3rd presidential primary, and they may not have to in the future - depending on what happens Monday in court.

Still, a lot of controversy was surrounding the judge making the decision.

Dane County Judge David Flanagan granted a temporary injunction against Wisconsin's new voter ID Law last month, pausing it until today's trial.

Flanagan wrote that the voter ID Law could cause "irreparable harm" if it's allowed to stay in place.

There are concerns about Flanagan, because he signed the recall petition involving Gov. Scott Walker.

Greendale Republican State Representative Jeff Stone was a sponsor of the voter ID Law.

"Everything has an element of politics to it," claimed Stone.

Former State Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske was not as concerned that Flanagan signed a petition.

She just believes he should have informed the public.

"I wish he would have disclosed it at the beginning of the case so that all the parties would have known, and if somebody wanted to make an argument that he shouldn't hear the case, he could have heard it, and decided it before he issued the lengthy, very well-thought-out decision," said Geske.

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