Wisconsin Supreme Court hears voter ID arguments

CREATED Feb. 25, 2014

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MADISON -- An attorney is trying to convince the Wisconsin Supreme Court to strike down the state's voter photo identification law.
 
The League of Women Voters alleges the Legislature overstepped its bounds when it put the requirement into place in 2011. The league's attorney, Lester Pines, told the justices during oral arguments Tuesday the mandate amounts to a new voter qualification that goes beyond the Wisconsin Constitution's requirements for voters. Pines said the mandate will destroy the right to vote.
 
Wisconsin Justice Department attorney Clayton Kowski is defending the law. He says the law is an extension of the Legislature's ability to set voter registration requirements.
 
The justices were set to hear oral arguments in the NAACP's challenge to the law later Tuesday.