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Federal judge orders hearing over state’s voter ID

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A hearing has been scheduled in federal court less than four weeks before the election to consider a motion calling for suspension of Wisconsin’s voter ID law.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson has scheduled the hearing for Oct. 12 in Madison. Peterson says he will consider a motion filed late Tuesday by the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Institute calling for suspension of the law.

The group argues that the state has not complied with Peterson’s earlier ruling to ensure that voters missing key documents needed to obtain a voter ID can still get credentials to cast a ballot.

The judge says both sides may offer evidence at the hearing to show whether the state has been complying with the order.

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