The State of Wisconsin can enforce a new voter identification law in this November’s election, a federal appeals court said Friday.

After hearing arguments on the issue earlier in the day, a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals unanimously stayed a district court judge’s order blocking enforcement of the new Wisconsin law or any similar measure imposing new voter identification requirements.

“Having read the briefs and heard oral argument, this court now stays the injunction issued by the district court. The State of Wisconsin may, if it wishes (and if it is appropriate under rules of state law), enforce the photo ID requirement in this November’s elections,” the appeals court wrote in a order released Friday afternoon (and posted here). “The district court held the state law invalid, and enjoined its implementation, even though it is materially identical to Indiana’s photo ID statute, which the Supreme Court held valid in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board” in 2008, the 7th Circuit added.

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