Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin's Voter ID law

Lawmakers in Madison anticipate a special session

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by David Ade

MADISON -- It looks like Wisconsin’s voter ID law will not be in place for the mid-term elections this November. Federal Judge Lynn Adelman ruled Tuesday that the ID requirement is unconstitutional.

Reaction from lawmakers in Madison is basically split between party lines.

Democrats praising the decision, while Republicans blast it. Some even accusing Judge Adelman of ruling based on biased liberal views.

Tuesday, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B Van Hollen quickly released this statement saying,

"I am disappointed with the order and continue to believe Wisconsin’s law is constitutional.  We will appeal."

But today's ruling has the chance to bring the Assembly and Senate back to Madison if Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) calls for a special session to work on another voter ID bill.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Burlington) says he's ready to do whatever it takes to get a law in place before November’s elections.

"I think governor walker was pretty clear in what he said, that we want to do everything we can to have voter id on the books in time for the fall election.”

Tuesday, Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) blasted the idea of a special session centered around a voter ID bill,    He said, "it would be unacceptable for him to expend the resources to call us back for one issue and to leave on the table so many other issues which is on the public's agenda of what they'd like to see done in the state capitol."

Following Tuesday’s ruling, Governor Walker still has not publically commented if he is planning on calling a special session. His press secretary released this statement saying, "we believe the voter ID law is constitutional, and will ultimately be upheld. We're reviewing the decision for any potential action."

This voter ID law would've allowed people to get free photo IDs from the state, but would've required a birth certificate to get that ID.

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