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Federal lawsuit challenges student voter ID law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new federal lawsuit challenges Wisconsin’s requirements for what student-identification cards count for purposes of voting.

The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday by Common Cause in Wisconsin and a 20-year-old Milwaukee School of Engineering student. It argues that Wisconsin’s student ID requirements are a pointless barrier to voting in the state.

The 2011 law set up a photo ID requirement that must be met for someone to vote. It spells out what has to be on a college ID in order for it to be used for voting purposes. Voters using college IDs to cast a ballot must also present proof of enrollment.

The lawsuit argues the requirement for student IDs can confuse and deter new voters, making elections less accessible for them.

The lawsuit does not challenge the underlying voter ID law.

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