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Top elections official didn't want Justice Dept. to appeal voter ID injunctions


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s top elections official said he did not want the Justice Department to immediately appeal two court rulings that halted the state’s voter ID law – but the appeals were filed anyway. Kevin Kennedy said the courts changed the rules for voters in the April third presidential primary and local elections. And Kennedy, who heads the Government Accountability Board, told the Justice agency he didn’t want the appeals courts to change them back in the next two weeks. He said it would put the public in a quote, “yo-yo type situation.” The Justice Department filed almost immediate challenges after two Dane County judges struck down the photo ID mandate for voting. One ruling was meant to kill the law permanently. Another put it on hold until at least mid-April, when a trial could be held. The rulings were made in two of the four lawsuits filed against the ID law passed by Republicans last year. All four lawsuits said the measure discourages the poor, minorities, and other groups from voting. The GOP says the law is designed to fight voter fraud – anyone who needs ID’s can get them for free