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ACLU files motion in voter ID federal lawsuit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Groups advocating for voting rights have filed a motion in federal court asking that Wisconsin voters having trouble obtaining the required photo identification be able to cast ballots anyhow.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty filed a motion Friday seeking the order from U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman.

The groups want people who face a “reasonable impediment” to obtaining photo identification to be able to cast a ballot anyhow by signing an affidavit stating why they were having trouble complying.

Reasons would include lack of transportation, not having a birth certificate, disability or illness and family responsibilities.

A federal appeals court in April ruled that the groups could seek such an order.

The state Department of Justice objects to the request.

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