Wisconsin Voter ID Fight Goes Before Federal Court

Opponents of Wisconsin’s voter identification law plan to argue in federal court that the number of IDs allowable at polling places should be expanded.

The case to be argued Monday represents the latest push from the American Civil Liberties Union against a law passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Scott Walker.

The Wisconsin Justice Department is defending the legislation, saying the case amounts to a request for judges to overstep their authority and rewrite the law.

Supporters say voters should be required to show ID to guard against election fraud.

Opponents, however, say its true intent is to make voting tougher for older, poor and minority voters who tend to support Democrats and are less likely to have proper ID.

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