A federal trial to decide two separate challenges to Wisconsin's voter photo-identification law is about to begin in Milwaukee.
The law passed in 2011 but was blocked after the February 2012 primary when a Dane County judge declared it unconstitutional.
The measure requires voters to show a state-issued ID before they can vote. Supporters say the Republican-backed law is needed to combat voter fraud, but opponents say there's little evidence of fraud and the law is a tactic to disenfranchise poor and minority voters.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the League of United Latin American Citizens have filed a federal lawsuit over the measure. Their cases are being consolidated in a trial that begins Monday.
The state Justice Department says voter ID ensures that elections are conducted with integrity.
Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) released the following statement about the voter ID federal court trial:
“I am confident that after the testimony is heard and evidence is provided, Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law will be found constitutional by the Court. I look forward to the day people of Wisconsin will have confidence in our elections and election process.”