Wisconsin judge issues permanent halt to voter ID law

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 12, 2012 2:58 PM

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) - A Wisconsin judge issued a permanent injunction on Monday blocking the state from implementing a new law requiring voters to present identification at polling stations.

WisPolitics.com said the decision by a Dane County judge in Madison follows a temporary halt issued by another judge on March 7.

Wisconsin is the second state to have its voter identification law blocked on Monday. Earlier, the U.S. Justice Department halted a Texas law, saying it discriminated against Hispanic voters.

(Reporting by Jeff Mayers; Writing by Greg McCune; Editing by Cynthia Johnston; Desking by Cynthia Osterman)