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High court kicks voter ID to appellate level

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a Madison judge’s ruling striking down the state’s voter identification law.

The law, which requires all voters to show photo IDs at the polls, was challenged in December 2011 by Voces de la Frontera, an immigrant rights group, and the Milwaukee branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Judge David Flanagan ruled in July that the mandate impaired the right to vote, and the state Justice Department asked the Supreme Court in November to directly consider its appeal.

The high court denied the request Monday with no explanation, leaving the case with the 2nd District Court of Appeals.

The decision marks the third time the Supreme Court has refused to take the case.

Four months before Flanagan blocked the mandate, Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess invalidated it as part of a separate League of Women Voters challenge. The DOJ’s appeal in that case remains with the 4th District Court of Appeals.

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