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Wisconsin's voter ID trial may last two weeks

Voter ID laws, as of 2011.Oregon conducts all voting by mail. States in red have had ID requirements since 2008. States in brown have had ID requirements since 2011.

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Voter ID laws, as of 2011.Oregon conducts all voting by mail. States in red have had ID requirements since 2008. States in brown have had ID requirements since 2011. By Screwball23 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's photo ID voting law could stay on trial for the next two weeks.

Federal Judge Lynn Adelman of Milwaukee heard opening arguments Monday in two consolidated legal challenges to the 2011 ID law. 

Attorney John Ulim -- representing the Advancement Project among other plaintiffs -- said the law, "intended to prevent people from voting." He said voter fraud is not a problem, like state Republicans claim it is.

Ulin also said he'll prove that minorities are less likely to have ID's, and the documents needed to get them. 

Among the plaintiffs is a now-deceased 77-year-old Brookfield woman who reportedly never received a birth certificate, and whose daughter was said to have fought the state for months before getting an acceptable ID for her mother. 

Assistant attorney general Clayton Kawski told the judge that the state has a, "legitimate and important interest" in preventing voter fraud. He said a law that protects the integrity of elections should not be invalidated -- even if there are people who lack ID's. 

Kawski also said the state Motor Vehicle division has granted exceptions to its rules, to accommodate voters who've have a hard time getting ID's in what he called unique circumstances.

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