A Wisconsin judge will hear a legal challenge this week to the state’s new controversial voter photo identification law. Lawyers for The League of Women Voters, which says the measure violates the state constitution by disenfranchising eligible voters, present oral arguments against the law in a Dane County Circuit Court on Thursday.
Their lawsuit is asking the court to block implementation of the law, passed by a Republican-controlled legislature last year. It requires voters to present identification such as a driver’s license at polling places for federal, state and local elections.
The suit argues the state constitution allows only convicted felons and mentally incompetent people to be excluded from voting. The new law creates a third class of people, those who do not have identification, and would largely affect minorities and the elderly, the suit says.