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Photo ID won't be required to vote in August 12 primary

CHICAGO (WTAQ) - It's certain that you won't have to show a photo ID to vote in next Tuesday's primaries in Wisconsin -- but the requirement is still possible for November.

The federal appeals court in Chicago is giving the law's opponents until August 19th to respond to the state's request from Tuesday to restore the ID mandate as soon as possible. That's a week later than the state, congressional, and county primaries set for August 12th.

Earlier this year, Federal Judge Lynn Adelman ruled that the photo ID voting law passed by state Republicans in 2011 was unconstitutional, and it violated the federal Voting Rights Act.

State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is appealing that decision -- and he has asked that the law be put back into the effect while the court reviews the law itself.

The Wisconsin ID requirement has only been used once, in a low turnout primary in February of 2012.

State officials say about 15 percent of Wisconsin's eligible voters are expected to turn out for Tuesday's primaries. The biggest contests are a four-way Republican primary for the 6th Congressional District seat, and a three-way Democratic primary for state attorney general.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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