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Judge refuses to expand acceptable forms of voter ID

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a civil rights group’s request to let voters use more forms of photo identification at the polls.

The American Civil Liberties Union had asked U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman to declare technical college IDs, out-of-state driver licenses and veterans photo IDs are acceptable forms of photo identification at the polls.

Adelman refused, ruling Monday that so far no one has said technical college IDs aren’t acceptable; the out-of-state request is moot because the plaintiffs who raised it have U.S. passports they can use at the polls; and the plaintiffs seeking to use their veteran IDs have obtained other acceptable forms of identification.

Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, said in a statement people should have a broad range of common-sense options.

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