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Justice Department may get involved in Wisconsin voter ID challenge

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  The nation's attorney general says he'll try to get involved in the current challenge to Wisconsin's photo I-D law for voting. In a recent Justice Department video and an A-B-C News interview, Eric Holder said his agency has already filed suits against the voter I-D laws in Texas and North Carolina. And he expected filing suit against the Wisconsin and Ohio laws.

Federal Judge Lynn Adelman struck down the Badger State's voter I-D law earlier this year, saying it violated the U-S Constitution and national Voting Rights Act. Republican State Attorney General J-B Van Hollen has appealed the ruling.

Holder said the national Justice Department could either intervene in the suit, or file a friend-of-the-court brief urging the federal appeals court in Chicago to keep Wisconsin's law from being re-instated. Holder recently said the law would "shrink, rather than expand" access to voting. He said it was inconsistent with the principle that all citizens are entitled to equal rights and opportunities.

Van Hollen said Holder should focus on immigration reform instead of voter I-D laws. He said Holder wants to throw out a law that ensures "the most basic form of election integrity." Van Hollen and other Republicans say voters need to show I-D's to cut down on vote fraud.

Critics say the G-O-P is discouraging voting by groups known to side with Democrats.