-By Patrick Marley
October 20, 2011- The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin sued the state Thursday in an attempt to block a new requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls.
The suit argues the state constitution allows the Legislature to exclude felons and the incompetent from voting but cannot restrict others from voting. The new photo ID law creates a new class of people who cannot vote – those without ID – and thus violates the constitution, the suit argues.
The case will be heard by Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess.
Republicans who control state government approved the photo ID requirement in May, after trying to do so for more than a decade. It is scheduled to take effect in February.