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A federal judge in Milwaukee has struck down Wisconsin's voter Identification law, saying it unfairly burdens poor and minority voters.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman issued his long-awaited decision Tuesday. It invalidates Wisconsin's law.

Wisconsin's law would have required voters to show a state-issued photo ID at the polls. Supporters said it would cut down on voter fraud and boost public confidence in the integrity of the election process.

But Adelman sided with opponents, who said it disproportionately excluded poor and minority voters because they're less likely to have photo IDs or the documents needed to get them.

Wisconsin's law was only in effect for a 2012 primary before a Dane County judge declared it unconstitutional.

Doug Chapin, director of the Program for Excellence in Election Administration at the University of Minnesota, joins Here & Now's Robin Young to discuss the issue of fraud and the decision on Wisconsin's voter ID law.

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  • Doug Chapin, director of the Program for Excellence in Election Administration at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

This segment aired on April 30, 2014.

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