Federal judge to hold hearing on voter ID challenge

Posted at 8:03 AM, Oct 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-14 02:49:31-04
State attorneys won't appeal a federal judge's order to produce documents that clearly explain Wisconsin's alternative voting credential system.
U.S. District Judge James Peterson on Thursday ordered the state to produce a one-page explanation of the process as well as a document applicants can take away explaining what happens and distribute the documents to media and voting groups by Monday. Peterson also ordered state attorneys and lawyers for liberal group One Wisconsin Institute to develop a public information campaign on the process by next week.
State Justice Department spokesman Johnny Koremenos said Thursday the agency won't seek a stay of Peterson's order and won't appeal it.
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 A federal judge says he almost certainly won't block Wisconsin's voter photo ID law amid allegations that state Division of Motor Vehicles employees are giving out inaccurate information about alternative voting credentials but the state must do more to let people know about the alternative process.
Liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Institute asked U.S. District Judge James Peterson to block the law after media reports showed DMV workers gave out wrong information on the credentials. Peterson said Wednesday after a hearing on the request that he's more than reluctant to block the law, saying he's not sure he has the authority since a federal appellate court has upheld the law. But he said wants the state to come up with a better public outreach program so credential applicants know exactly how the process works. He ordered state attorneys and OWI lawyers to reconvene Thursday morning and hammer out a plan.
A federal judge is set to consider a liberal group's demand to block Wisconsin's voter ID law in the wake of a media report that state workers gave people inaccurate information about an alternative voting credential.
 State Department of Transportation regulations call for giving people who apply for ID cards but lack supporting identifying documents receipts for voting.
The DOT is supposed to mail the receipts within six days of an application.
The Nation reported last month that workers at DOT field stations gave out inaccurate information about how to obtain the receipts.
The report has driven liberal group One Wisconsin Institute to asked U.S. District Judge James Peterson to block the entire voter ID law.
Peterson was set to hold a hearing on the request Wednesday.