U.S. Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin’s voter ID law

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MADISON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked Wisconsin from implementing a law requiring voters to present photo IDs, overturning a lower court decision that would have put the law in place for the November election. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declared the law constitutional on Monday. The following day, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Advancement Project filed an emergency request asking the Supreme Court to block the ruling. On Thursday night the U.S. Supreme Court issued a one-page order that vacated the appeals court ruling pending further proceedings. Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented, saying the application should have been denied because there was no indication that the 7th Circuit had demonstrably erred. “Obviously we’re thrilled that people are going to be able to vote in this election,” said Molly Collins, associate director for the ACLU of Wisconsin.

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Written by TODD RICHMOND AND STEVE KARNOWSKI for ASSOCIATED PRES

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