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Judge Niess delays ruling in voter ID lawsuit (UPDATE)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge says he will decide next week whether to permanently block the state’s voter identification law.

Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess’ announcement at a hearing Friday comes days after a different judge in a separate case granted a temporary injunction to stop the law.

The League of Women Voters filed its lawsuit last October. The League argues the law will disenfranchise voters. State attorneys say the lawsuit has no legal standing.

The law was in effect for the February election despite numerous lawsuits challenging it. The state Department of Justice has said it plans to appeal Tuesday’s ruling in another lawsuit temporarily stopping the law from being in place for the April 3 presidential primary.

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