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Election officials in holding pattern following ruling

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin election officials say they’re taking a wait-and-see approach in the wake of a federal ruling loosening the state’s voter ID law and striking down multiple portions of other election-related statutes.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson ruled Friday the state must issue voting credentials to anyone trying to obtain photo ID without the underlying documents. He also lifted a prohibition on in-person early voting on weekends and shortened residency requirements from 28 days to 10. The ruling first applies for the November election.

The state Justice Department plans to appeal, however, and state Elections Commission spokesman Reid Magney says much depends on whether the ruling is blocked during the appeal. He says if it remains in force the commission will have to retrain poll workers and redraft registration forms.

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