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Wisconsin's voter ID law trial begins

MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) - Dozens of states are watching as Wisconsin’s voter photo ID law goes on trial starting today.

A circuit judge ruled the ID requirement unconstitutional, which is being challenged by supporters of the law.

The voter ID law is primarily backed by Republicans who say it’s needed to combat voter fraud. Many Democrats say the law is an attempt to disenfranchise low income and minority voters.

The trial involves two separate federal lawsuits filed by civil rights groups. One of the suits was filed for the late Bettye Jones of Brookfield woman who couldn’t vote because she didn’t have a driver’s license or a birth certificate.

States are watching the Wisconsin cases in the appeals court and this federal trial closely as it may affect their efforts to prove voters are citizens. Just this year, more than 30 states have considered legislation that would strengthen or alter voter ID laws.