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Wisconsin Supreme Court to consider voter ID law

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has decided to consider whether the state's 2011 voter ID law is constitutional -- and by doing so, the justices will settle two similar lawsuits at the same time. 

Wednesday, the Supreme Court said it would accept an appeal from the state's League of Women Voters.

The group won a trial last year that struck down the photo ID requirement for voting -- but a state appeals court in Madison overruled that decision. 

Also, the Supreme Court said it would take over the state's appeal of a lawsuit from the NAACP which struck down the voter ID law. The appeal was pending in an appellate court in Waukesha. That court wanted to kick the case upstairs to the Supreme Court, but the justices demanded an appellate ruling first. 

Wednesday, the Supreme Court took over the case, and canceled arguments that were set for December 17th. Instead, a new date will be set for the justices to hear one set of arguments in both cases -- with one final ruling after that. 

Meanwhile, the voter ID law still awaits a ruling in a Milwaukee federal court, which recently held a two week trial on another legal challenge from two other groups. 

In all cases, the plaintiffs said the Republican ID law disenfranchised thousands of poor, elderly, and young adult voters. The GOP defendants said the law is meant to fight voter fraud.  

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