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Defendants want injunction in voter ID case

Defendants in the Wisconsin voter ID case want to stay a temporary injunction, pending the results of an appeal and to spare voters from confusion leading up to the April 3 general election.

On Monday, Gov. Scott Walker and the Government Accountability Board filed a motion in the District II Court of Appeals to delay the March 6 order issued by Dane County Circuit Court Judge David Flanagan that suspended implementation of the voter ID laws less than a month before the April 3 general election.

According to the motion and a supporting affidavit from GAB elections specialist David Buerger, extensive efforts to implement the voter ID laws had ceased and if the defendants are successful on appeal, there would be little time to re-implement the laws in time for the general election.

According to the motion, voter began requesting absentee ballots last June, accompanied with proof of identification. But as of March 7, voters have applied for absentee ballots without identification.

The injunction has introduced confusion and potential inconsistencies with voting procedures, allege the defendants in the motion.

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