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Federal appeals court orders district judge to review challenge to Wisconsin voter ID law

One week after the spring election and presidential primary, a challenge to Wisconsin's voter ID law takes a new turn.

Late Monday, the Federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals sent a lawsuit back to a U.S. district judge for consideration. They're trying to decide if the state law applies to people who face difficult obstacles getting an ID.

Obstacles include eligible voters who have errors on birth certificates or other documents, those who need a credential from another agency, but need an ID to get it the credential and people whose records don't exist because of a fire at a government agency.

The challenge is being made by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty.

The groups argue it's impossible for voters in these situations to get identification and they deserve relief under Wisconsin's law.

The challenge is now in the hands of U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman.

There's no word yet on when the appeal will be heard, but ACLU attorney Sean Young said he'll push for allowing people facing difficulties to vote by affidavit.

You can read the full order here.

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