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Judge Niess delays decision on voter ID lawsuit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin judge has delayed a decision on whether to let a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s new voter identification law to proceed.

Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess on Thursday heard arguments from the League of Women Voters and attorneys representing Gov. Scott Walker and the state’s elections board but did not rule.

Niess plans to be back in court to make a decision on March 9.

The League of Women Voters say the law disenfranchises eligible voters. But supporters of the law say it helps prevent fraud.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP’s Milwaukee chapter have also filed lawsuits against the law. Those suits are still pending.

The law is scheduled to be in effect for the state’s spring primary in February.

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