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Lawmaker behind voter ID announces resignation

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker from southwestern Wisconsin has decided to resign.

Rep. Jeff Stone of Greendale issued a statement Thursday announcing he plans to step down on Oct. 14. The statement didn’t offer a reason why.

Stone was first elected to the Assembly in 1998. He authored a law in 2011 that required voters to show photo identification at the polls. A number of groups have challenged the law in court. The 4th District Court of Appeals has upheld it but a Dane County judge’s injunction blocking the requirements still stands in another case. State attorneys have appealed.

The 2nd District Court of Appeals has yet to rule in that case.

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