MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Attorneys made theri closing arguments Thursday in a trial that challenges Wisconsin’s photo ID law for voting. Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan has heard testimony since Tuesday on the matter. The case involves a lawsuit filed by the NAACP and the Milwaukee Hispanic rights’ group Voces de la Frontera. They said the law creates unreasonable burdens for an estimated 220-thousand people that don’t have the photo ID’s which are allowed under the law. The State Justice Department counters that very few people lack the proper ID’s, and the plaintiffs’ concerns about obtaining them are exaggerated. But the photo ID requirement will not be re-instated right away if the plaintiffs lose. That’s because another judge issued a permanent injunction to strike it down, in a separate lawsuit from the League of Women Voters. The Justice Department is asking two appellate courts to throw out the lawsuits. But that’s not expected to happen in time for the recall elections in the next month-and-a-half. Judge Flanagan wants to see final positions in writing and are due June 18th. The recall general election is June 5th.
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