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Judge orders state to investigate ID protocol

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the state to investigate whether transportation officials have been denying people temporary photo identification to vote.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson issued the order Friday. Peterson in July ordered the state to quickly issue credentials valid for voting to anyone who was trying to obtain a free photo ID for voting but lacked the underlying documents such as birth certificates.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Nation reported Thursday that state transportation officials refused to issue a temporary ID to a man because he lacked a birth certificate.

Peterson’s order Friday requires the state to investigate the allegations and report back to him by Oct. 7.

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