Request for rehearing in voter ID case rejected

MADISON (AP) — The full 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will not rehear the case challenging Wisconsin's voter identification law.

The court on Friday said that it was equally divided on whether to take up a request to reconsider a Sept. 12 decision allowing for the law to be implemented.

The original decision was reached by a three-judge panel. The law's opponents asked for the full 10-member court to consider hearing the challenge to the law, which argues the requirement for voters to show photo identification at the polls is unconstitutional.

In its Friday order, the court said individual judges may file opinions later explaining their votes.

The order says those in favor of rehearing the case were judges Diane Wood, Richard Posner, Ilana Rovner, Ann Claire Williams and David Hamilton.