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State Supreme court justice expresses concern over voter ID law


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- State Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack expressed concerns over the state's voter ID law during oral arguments on the case today in Madison.

Two cases were brought to the court today over the law, one started by the League of Women Voters and the other by the NAACP. They're claiming that having to travel and pay to get a copy of your birth certificate to get a free ID under the law places an undue burden on a number of low-income and elderly residents. Roggensack agreed, saying "I'm troubled by having to pay the state to vote."

State Justice Department attorney Clayton Kowski said some people will face a burden, but 90 percent of Wisconsinites have the allowable ID's.

Majority Republicans passed the voter ID law in 2011 amid major controversy. A pair of Dane County judges struck down the law in 2012, and those cases have been held up in proceedings in both stat and federal courts ever since.